13 Responses to “Stop Harper’s $2 billion tanks that the Army doesn’t even want!”

  1. Ceasefire.caDecember 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    NDP Response –

    Thank you for contacting me about the Conservative government’s plan to purchase Closed Combat Vehicles (CCVs). I apologize for the delay in my response.

    New Democrats have been critical of this procurement and of the Harper government’s record of military procurement in general. From the F-35 fighter jets to the Sikorsky helicopters, this Conservative government has proven time and again its inability to properly manage military procurement.

    We believe that our Canadian Armed Forces must be provided with the proper equipment to do their job. This requires a comprehensive approach to military procurement that employs sound management practices.

    I concur with my colleague Jack Harris, NDP Opposition Critic for National Defence, that a full review is needed of the “Canada First Defence Strategy,” preferably by commissioning a white paper to set forth a renewed military strategy, based on Canadian needs and values, with a vision in keeping with the 21st century.

    I assure you that we will continue to monitor the Harper government’s CCV procurement plan very closely, and continue to fight for better military procurement strategies for Canada.

    Thank you again for contacting me with your concern.

    All the best,

    Jean Crowder, MP

  2. Margaret MaierOctober 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Canada Joe asks if not the tanks on what should Canada invest the $2 billion – free education for all young people who can’t afford further schooling; clean up the tar sands; replant trees on deforested areas; build homes for the homeless; teach democracy; and give courses on The Golden Rule.

    • Canada JoeOctober 21, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      First, the CV-90 is not a tank it is a IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle).

      Second, those issues are dealt with by other departments not DND.

      Third, the CF needs new equipment thus money has to be spent at some point.

  3. I. StegnerOctober 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Is Mr. Harper succumbing again to the mighty lobbyists of the warmongers and the weapons’ industry?
    These $2billion would be far better spent on improving the lives and conditions of aboriginal peoples in Canada!

    I. Stegner

    • Canada JoeOctober 21, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Or he values of the CF and knows that new equipment must be bought at some point.

  4. Donna StockerOctober 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Yes! A Department of Peace! Bring Canada back to it’s peacekeeping mindset.

    • Mark CollinsOctober 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      This sort of peacekeeping? The main type these days and mostly in Africa?

      “The United Nations and Congo
      Raising the stakes
      A more robust United Nations risks roiling neighbourly relations

      THE UN’s intervention brigade in eastern Congo has fired its first shots in anger. Since August 21st the force, which has an assertive mandate empowering it to squash illicit armed groups in the region, has teamed up with the regular army of the Democratic Republic of Congo to attack rebels recently threatening to capture Goma, the country’s north-eastern trading hub which they briefly overran last November. Attack helicopters, artillery and ground troops, mainly from South Africa and Tanzania, have been pressed into action…”

      “UN calls for more troops, helicopters for Mali mission”


    • Canada JoeOctober 21, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      That mindset is carried on the backs of CF members, you know that right?

  5. Anna SchaferOctober 18, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Instead of spending the money on Close Combat Vehicles, that would only endanger the lives of soldiers and civilians alike, 2 Billion dollars should be spent on a much needed and DESIRED Department of Peace.

    • Canada JoeOctober 20, 2013 at 1:03 am #

      Endanger their lives? By giving them getting protection? Department of peace? That’s a joke right?

      • MichaelOctober 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

        Since machines like tanks would be destroyed within hours of any real attack on this country, it looks to me like the only use they could be put to is against our own citizens.

        I actually prefer peace as some of the other commenters has stated, however I am also strongly in favour of defence when needed. I suggest we spend a lot less money on war toys and invest in low coast alternatives that actually work and in understanding how to avoid contact without being weak.

        • Canada JoeOctober 21, 2013 at 11:31 am #

          Attack by whom? No nation has the ability to launch amphibious attack on this nation. Any that would even try would see their ships sunk and their men die by the thousands as NATO navies turned the ocean approaches red.

          They aren’t going to be used against Canadians. LOL, when would any government of Canada use a 30mm Bushmaster on Canadians? That’s just crazy talk.

          If Canada is going to be involved in overseas operations, which we will regardless of which party is in power, the CF needs to be equip correctly. Is that the CV-90? Maybe, maybe not, but to simply reject it because it offends some silly pacifist ideals is not how effective policy is made.

  6. Canada JoeOctober 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    And buy what instead?