What should we say to Sen. Romeo Dallaire?

Dear Ceasefire.ca supporter,

I have been invited to appear before the Senate’s National Security and Defence committee, and I want your advice before I write my remarks.

What should we say to the committee, whose membership includes the esteemed Sen. Romeo Dallaire?

Please share your ideas in the comment section below, and I will try to include them when I make my presentation on March 3rd.

This is the same senate committee that was chaired by the disgraced Senator Pamela Wallin. She is gone now, and I met the committee’s new chair a few weeks ago to discuss the committee’s upcoming study of Canada and the U.S. ballistic missile defence program.

That’s right – “Star Wars” is back on the political agenda!

The committee has already heard from missile defence boosters, and now it is our turn to show how Canada can work for peace and disarmament&#8212not join unfathomably expensive, useless, and potentially destabilizing weapons systems like George W. Bush’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) shield.

Please share your ideas with me, and I will try to include them in my remarks.

Thanks for being part of our Ceasefire.ca community!

Steven Staples

P.S. Here is a very interesting editorial from the New York Times last summer about missile defence under President Obama.

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292 Responses to “What should we say to Sen. Romeo Dallaire?”

  1. ALBERT DARMOMarch 10, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    I’m sure SEN. Romeo Dallaire is a good man. but expecting harpo to listen to him is a big joke. as long as the public votes for who the Corp.media tells them to. we will have politicians who are owned by the military industrial complex. only when a majority of Canadians care about the third world, and marginalized people. will we have a peaceful world

  2. John MiddletonMarch 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    With all due respect sir you should push the committee to unify the Senate behind a unanimous motion to have Harper Government to become a Canadian Gov. as opposed to a flag waving Corporate one and properly fund our troops suffering from PTS.
    I myself underwent such traumatic damage and was contemplating suicidal action when counselling and phsyoological assistance came to my aid.
    The whole injury, brain damage and trauma destroyed my family relationships for some time but at least I was still alive to deal with my new reality when it was healed as much as possible.

  3. Hanna CoraMarch 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Canada has no natural enemies, no one threatening to invade us, unless of course there is blackmail from our allies behind the scene.

    Instead of giving priority to military equipment useful only for aggression, what about looking into MORE PRESSING MATTERS affecting the lives of every Canadian, like banning Chemtrails or ensure that our seniors are treated with the respect they deserve with adequate medical care and pension. I AM PARTICULARLY TALKING HERE OF CANADIANS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY FOR GENERATIONS – SINCE the 1600’s – and have worked all their life and paid their taxes. It appears that they are being treated like second class citizens when compared to new immigrants. It is time to stop the practice that SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS – the laws are there for everyone, nobody should be above the law.

    The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ doctrine is highly questionable when it is in the hands of military forces [such as those of NATO], which have shown a persistent tendency to violate human rights, kill civilians, and destroy governments.

  4. Ann GibsonMarch 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Dear General Dallaire: I have nothing to add to what has been

    said except that I admire you and trust you to do your best to

    speak for those of us who are utterly dismayed by the

    direction our government is taking us. Ann Gibson

  5. Mike McCormickMarch 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Perhaps Canada should return to UN peacekeeping. It is what we did well and earned a great international reputation. Also a bigger allocation of resources to domestic needs such as search and rescue. Why do we still use Sea King helicopters?

  6. Shirley BushMarch 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Tell him that the Cluster Bombs Convention should be ratified by Canada without any amendments or insertions. As civilized members of the international community, there is no justification whatever for not completely banning these evil, immoral bombs intended to maim not kill and thus destroy morale. Children are the principal target.

    Provide protection and assistance to Doctors Without Borders where they are being attacked. They provide qualified medical humane assistance to all regardless of affiliations, but have been forced to leave Burma and are in danger in other areas. Promise to punish any who would harm them.

  7. Ian WalkerMarch 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Start with the obvious fact that Canada has no natural enemies, no one threatening to invade us, no one even close.
    That being the case, there is no case for the purchase or maintenance of advanced fighter jets, or any other type of military equipment useful only for aggression.
    Emphasize that Canadians have been waiting a long time for a peace dividend, and now would be a good time to get it.
    Be aware that the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ doctrine is extremely questionable when it is in the hands of military forces [such as those of NATO], which have shown a persistent tendency to violate human rights, kill civilians, and destroy government.

  8. Margaret MaierFebruary 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Canada must work for peace and disarmament. It must not join the potentially destabilizing weapons system. We want and must have a Canadian Department of Peace, and invest in humanity. Canadians have had some experience in the peace department, and perhaps Sen. Romeo Dallaire would help with its progress.

    • Susan SchellenbergFebruary 28, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      The seventieth century Dutch when under multiple threats of enemy invasions deliberately flooded their land to make it worthless to their enemies. Not an impractical concept given their size, resources, and ultimate survival story. Canada’s former role as a peacekeeping nation allowed us a similar source of long-term security. Harper’s foreign policy invites attack.

      The George Bush, Steven Harper war approach resembles boys playing with war toys or spoiled adolescents playing chicken with their fathers’ cars. They divorce reality from the war equation. Harper and Bush’s inner insecurities are minefields their countries and imagined enemies must navigate. Both men trust those they should distrust and blind themselves to the real enemies of the common good their swore to uphold and preserve. A prime example: Bush reduced military medical benefits prior to the Iraq war, Harper did the same to Canadian veterans in recent years.

      “We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it lives inside ourselves.”

      Albert Camus, Notebooks, Volume 3, entry for September 7, 19391

  9. Albert HaddadFebruary 27, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Canada used to have an enviable worldwide reputation; we were the fair and just peacekeepers in troubled areas; respected by all. Now, thanks to our current government, we have joined the globally hated US.

    Armaments may win battles but not wars. Sowing hatred in the hearts of others is not profitable; in the long run, we lose.

    Our current government is short-sighted, arrogant and misguided.

  10. Bill PrestwichFebruary 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    The idea that protection against North Korea and Iran is necessary is absolute nonsense. In the first place sane people know Iran does not have a nuclear weapons programme. Secondly North Korea’s handful of weapons would never be used. In both cases the sensible solution is to stop threatening and persecuting these two nations. If it hadn’t been for western meddling Korea would probably been united by now. As for Iran, they have every right to mistrust the west and the depraved war mongers in Washington and Tel Aviv.
    The best defence Canada could have would be to get out of NATO, resume peace keeping and stop pretending we have a right to go around threatening and persecuting people who pose no threat and most likely don’t even know where we are.
    They only learn that when we attack them like the ridiculous Libya affair and as a result leave their countries in a mess.
    As it is we should at least be honest and rename the defence department the war department. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next thing we here is money for drones so we too can blow up wedding parties.

  11. Don KerrFebruary 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    1. The defence lobby does not speak for Canadians; it is a narrow self-interest group. The objective of defence is not to create jobs, although it can be a result.
    2. It is most important first to have an open discussion on what is the purpose or purposes of our military. I strongly believe it should include peace-keeping and peace-making. For example, helping to contain violence in South Sudan and CAR and it should not include military adventures such as the Afghanistan debacle.
    3. Military policy should comprehend future potential violence regarding water shortages, desertification and sea level rise.
    4. I cannot see why we would even want to use armed drones.

  12. Paul BeckwithFebruary 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    It is time for the military to properly assess risks to Canada. The risk of a missile strike is insignificantly small compared to the risks to Canadian’s from abrupt climate change distorting the jet streams leading to enormous increases in the frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts and massive storms.

    Climate change is the global threat and the probability of it hitting hard is 1. The military should be educating the politicians and public on this risk instead of chasing red herrings like missile defense.

    Paul Beckwith

  13. Bob Mc KennaFebruary 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Abolition of International arms trade

    The abolition of slavery in the 19th century was a turning point in human consciousness and justice.
    The abolition of international arms trade has to be the new turning point of the 21st century.
    For too long we have looked the other way and refuse to listened.
    Making profits on the death of our neighbours is unacceptable.
    We can not talk of peace and at the same time make money with war.
    If Canada wants to have peace, it must not go to war, Canada is privileged and does not need an army to defend it self, all it needs is a good coast guard and diligent border guards, no body will attack us, we have oceans on three sides and the boarder with the USA which would be impossible to defend against the USA.
    All Canada really needs are metal detectors at the boarder and a fleet of ice breakers

    Our real danger is the economic excuse to go on as if we were innocent of making money on wars. Its a false belief that these jobs are essential to or welfare. In the second half of the 20th century the two strongest economy were Japan and Germany, and they were not allowed to build or trade in arms.

    Today’s biggest crimes against humanity is the international arms trade, arms dealer and manufactures are guilty and so are all the ones that are willingly to invest.
    A new Canadian law that would condemn and abolishes international arms trade could change the course of the 21st century, and inspire other nations into doing the same.

    Please give peace a chance

    Bob Mc Kenna

  14. Jacob RempelFebruary 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    In an much greater circumstance of danger in 2014, the Great Powers have regressed into the old Great Power “balance of power” chess game of the 19th century. Peace campaigners of the 20th Century have tried, with the League of Nations and the United Nations to modify those aggressively competitive power struggles, but such peace keeping efforts have been compromised and frustrated by the Great Powers. Canada must now rally the middle powers and smaller nations to frustrate the Great Powers, calling for a massive United Nations General Assembly campaign to call the “Great Powers” to account, mobilizing themselves, and the Great Powers, to join in a world wide campaign to save the planet and now millions of suffering people from environmental and climate disaster. Canada and certain other nations have experience good leaders for this, and we are in a good position to lead such an international initiative.

  15. LouiseFebruary 27, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    We need true leadership here, bravery of a non militaristic kind, and a Visionary gov’t of the John Lennon school of thought …PEACE. Canadians are asking for peace, but we no longer have a Canadian gov’t , we have the Harper gov’t, and they aren’t listening to us, the Canadians they are supposed to represent. So please will someone else listen?
    You cannot have peace and prepare for war at the same time…impossible!!
    World leaders in world peace that is what we Canada to be!

  16. Theresia SmithFebruary 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Dear Mr Staples,

    Please let Senator Dallaire know that I am deeply ashamed that I did nothing while he struggled to help all those innocent people in Rwanda.
    I had no idea what was happening, but then I did not make it my business.

    Our goal should be peace, our weapons diplomacy, education and a helping hand when needed.
    Military intervention should only be used to protect innocent lives.

    We must lead by example at home. We need to eradicate the prejudices against and marginalization of our aboriginal peoples here in Canada. We must ensure no child goes hungry to school. We should strive to be a leader in developing clean energy – something that will be necessary in the near future.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is please ask the Senators to invest Canadian resources in humanity.

  17. Reg BaraniukFebruary 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Mr. Staples, thank you for seeking the opinions of the Canadian people. Glancing through the responses from some of my fellow Canadians there seems to be a firm consensus away from participating in this tecnically flawed and very expensive program. Reminds me of the F35. Many people were advocating that we return to putting our emphasis on peace-keeping and staying completely away from anything that smacks of warlike or imperialisic endeavours. I could not agree more. With the proper leaderhip the world should we well past that point by now.

    In the last few years I’ve made a study of American history and have arrive at a number of conclusions that I believe to be accurate. They may seem harsh to some, but the proof is in the pudding and I believe I have tasted the pudding, as it where. First of all, I am convinced that the real terrorist in this world is the United States of America. If it were not for American aggressiveness Iran or North Korea would not feel threatened. Let me make clear that it is not the American people with whom I have a problem. No, not at all. Frankly, they are victims too. I’m talking about the political and multinational corporate leadership in the United States going back at least 150 years and an easy case can be made going back even further. They have a strikingly clear history of hypocrisy, racism, imperialism and aggreesive militarism that cannot be denied. Although the world hoped for change with the election of Barak Obama, one can argue that American bad behaviour both domestically and internationally has gotten worse. The rot is too all-pervasive.

    My point is that for whatever reason (maybe look to John Ralsotn Saul’s, “A Fair Country”) Canada, up to 2006, has been a country with a completely different peronna, and thank goodness for that. We must protect and grow our subtle differences. We must not be drawn into the American congressional / industrial / military complex vortex. It will surely bankrupt us financially and intellectually, rip out our national soul and prove to be the end of us as an independent nation.

    Finally, if I haven’t made myself crystal clear, let me end by saying that based on my observations, and in the final analysis, American political and corporate leadership (especially when multinational corporate leadership continues to call the tune), cannot be trusted to act in any other way then what is best for multi national corporate America. If it is not to late to suggest, Canada needs to keep the Americans at arms length or live to rue the day.

  18. Bruce RosoveFebruary 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm #


    I am copying some thoughts on your presentation from Col Paul Maillet (ret) who is away in New Zealand but who took some time to send some thoughts that may be useful to you in your presentation:

    It is in our national interest to contribute to international peace and stability as a matter of survival. A Canadian Department of Peace, may offer a leading edge capacity for peace consistent with deep Canadian values. It may be our opportunity to regain leadership in peace advancement in the world.

    We propose an approach and framework from which the government can obtain balanced advice on issues, free from one-sided bias. The Department of Peace as a government department, will provide an impartial advisory capacity to include the views of all parties and provide a reasoned evaluation against established values to inform decision making regarding public or foreign policy.

    The Department of Peace can be a peace oriented response to domestic and international conflict as a precursor to military intervention

    A Department of Peace should be able to provide education , build capacity, mount peace missions, peace services or provide advice and counsel to other government departments and the public relating to peace issues.

    The primary value added of a Department of Peace will be its:

    -Presence in conflict


    -Capacity for mediation, dialogue

    -Capacity to apply established values such as non violence, peace, fairness, protection of victims , and social responsibility.

    • Jacob RempelFebruary 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      One other possible program for a Department of Peace is to promote international assistance to nations that appear to threaten war. Not always, but often the threat of war relates to social and economic stresses in one of or both parties in the potential war. Canada and other countries can do assistance and trade policies which well might alleviate such problems in one or both parties in the dispute.

  19. David HuntleyFebruary 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Return us to being peace-keepers. The image of Canada in the world used to be one of a country to be looked up to for guidance, one of respect and one to be admired. Harper has changed this; we are no longer peace-keepers but warmongers.
    That Canada was likely instrumental in the murder of Gaddafi is a disgrace. I have no love for brutal dictators, but the assassination of them is not the way to deal with them. It turns us into being murderers, and no better than the brutal dictators themselves.
    Our military should have two purposes, the defence of our country and peace-keeping under the United Nations and possibly the Commonwealth.

  20. Franca De AngelisFebruary 26, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Our enemies are climate change and the various conflicts taking place around the world because of inequality, unfairness and injustice. Canada should do its part and participate as a leader in adapting to and mitigating the effedts of climate change, including assisting developing nations in their efforts to meet climate change. We also should participate more in peace-keeping than in taking sides in conflicts, which will increase with climate change. We should strive to understand the history behind the conflicts and to be fair and just in our suggestions and assistance toward a solution. To ignore the causes of the conflict and to act unfairly and unjustly contributes to continuation and intensification of the conflict. I am convinced that the majority of the people want to live in a peaceful and fair world and will be reasonable if they feel they have been truly heard and their concerns will be addressed fairly.

  21. PeterFebruary 26, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Steven: I’m afraid I haven’t much in the way of information or experience to add to your pleas for sanity; however, you know what they say about the well-intentioned who remain silent. So, for what it’s worth (and with precious little optimism that the current administration is likely to get it): one must implore those both at home and abroad to take the time to understand issues and the people who raise them; chest-beating military presences and power don’t, it’s quite clear, frighten . . . only angers; preachy belligerence incites resentment and distrust. Taped to my filing cabinet there’s written something picked up from television a few years ago when Somali pirates were hard at work. It says: “If you don’t share your prosperity and stability with those who need it, they will share their poverty and instability with you.” Sounds like a civil and noble bit of advice.

  22. Larry AndrewsFebruary 26, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Canada needs to:
    go back to being peace keepers

    support UN

    encourage US to pay dues owed to UN

    encourage Barack Obama to pursue the destruction of all nuclear weapons instead of just trying to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons (many of their neighbors already have them)

    discourage US from using “Star Wars”

    stop using arms industry as export industry

  23. Dr Tim TempleFebruary 25, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    In my opinion Canadians would be better served & the world pushed in a more peaceful direction, if our Defense policy pursued the following:
    1. Maintaining a well equipped primarily peacekeeping & (Canadian) defensive force (ground, sea & air)
    2. Strong support for UN reform & in building global ‘responsibility to protect’ action via a UN without veto. The World Federalist group has done much work in these areas.
    3. No financing of any nuclear arsenal & a strong message to NATO partners that Canada will not support any such renewal (UK nuclear subs etc). A nuclear ‘mistake’ remains one of the greatest threats to planetary survival. Stronger policy towards nuclear disarmament.
    4. Take the lead in a strong global arms control policy with a ‘peace’ tax on every arms transaction involving Canada.
    5. No F35s – upgrade our F18s; use drones for monitoring our north, environmental etc, but not for armed response.
    6. Our forces equipment should be multipurpose; able to better respond to Canadian & global disasters, as these are likely to be more frequent with changing global climate.

    ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’

    with respect.

  24. Wayne LessardFebruary 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    If Canadians ever had an appetite for American style warmongering it has certainly been diminished by our most recent escapade in Afghanistan. We should not strive to be big players in the U.S. war machine. Not only is it outrageously expensive it is futile.
    Let us focus on what we once did best, acting as peacekeepers and providing aid such as clean water and medicine.

  25. Kay OlsonFebruary 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    For years our country was highly respected by most of the world because of our reputation of being peacekeepers. Then our government decided we needed to become peacemakers…. Our reputation of being a peacekeeping country has been somewhat erroded. We need to go back to being peacekeepers – not peacemakers – and need to win back the trust of others. We need to live up to being peace-loving peacekeepers and not just follow the American policies of becoming involved where we may not be wanted….

  26. JudyFebruary 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    After spending many months in poverty-stricken countries in Africa I have come to realize that we are asking the wrong question. We must not begin by asking what must we do but what do we want to be. That changes the whole focus of the conversation. It is only after that conversation of what kind of country, what kind of people do we want to be that we can begin to craft a way forward…all the time remembering that terrorism, fascism, communism and all other “isms: are ideas, philosophies and one does not fight ideas with tanks and bullets.

    Our country is being led by authoritarianism, the shutting down of ideas. Universities are now corporately funded. Thus the sharing of ideas is not encouraged.

    The use of violence is a bully tactic. The use of intimidation is also a bully tactic. It does not denote courage or strength but certainly indicates a scarcity of vision, ideas and a lack of understanding of history.

    May we have the courage as citizens to challenge the close-minded ideology of our government; that we are not safer as a country or a democracy by the use of weaponry be it earthly or celestial. It is not the shunning of our neighbour that will make us secure. But I suggest that it is in the reaching out to neighbour that rewards us in so many ways.

    But, that is for another chapter.

  27. Ellen KildawFebruary 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Return to our Canadian values, bring back the peacekeepers. The old slogan is, “if the economy is stalling, create a war. It’s good for business” Who benefits from war? No one!! but the arms suppliers. Imagine what good the Americans could have done or could do with the money that is spent on the military. I call it the W.O.W. factor…Wasted On War. Canada should not be in the war business, we should be the peacemakers. Harper is a “Wanna Be”, George Bush.

  28. Charles KnappFebruary 25, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    We need to make our decisions based on respect for the inherent dignity of human life.
    True peace comes when people feel secure in their homes, towns and country. The money spent on star wars defense projects would be much better spent on affordable housing, health care and food.
    Wisdom, compassion and courage should guide our decisions, not fear.
    The word evil comes from a Greek word which means to “separate” or “divide”. We need to turn our backs on evil and unite as people to work for the security of everyone. Respectfully,
    Charles Knapp.

  29. AllanFebruary 25, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Just watch the documentary “Dark Legacy” where the military-industrial complex murdered JFK. JFK had made speeches about shutting down the production of ALL weapons in the United States.

    We are now buying into NATO’s $1.6 TRILLION military budget (which is conservatively estimated at 70% of WORLD military spending). So if 70% of the world’s military funding won’t keep us safe from the “bad guys” what will? 80%, 90% ????

    NATO’s military spending has gone beyond any measure of sanity – and you’re asking us to support more insanity. I cannot begin to tell you how disgusted I am.

  30. Trudy ThorgeirsonFebruary 25, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    Just think if all that money had been spent on education, health and relief of poverty!
    We wouldn’t need defence weapons.
    No one wins a war- except those that make the weapons.

  31. Bob StevensonFebruary 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Hi Steve: Being born in 1940 means that I have lived my whole life during the Atomic Age. You must tell the Committee that they must work to rid our earth of all nuclear weapons and to ban all future developments.
    Encourage them to watch old movies such as the “The Mouse That Roared ” or Doctor Strangelove to see the futility of the policy of MAD or Mutual Assured Destruction.
    Bob Stevenson

  32. stevenstaplesFebruary 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Thank you, everyone, who has been sharing these important and well-articulated ideas. They are inspiring!

    Please keep them coming – I am reading all of them – and so are many others.



    • John Duddy.February 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks Steve.

      Just a reminder, recent wars were triggered by the false flag attack on 9/11, 2001.

      We were lied to.


      Please attend one or more of the Canadian events. 2160 architects and engineers demand truth.

    • MonaFebruary 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

      I totally agree with Sen. Dallaire’s statement: “The committee has already heard from missile defence boosters, and now it is our turn to show how Canada can work for peace and disarmament—not join unfathomably expensive, useless, and potentially destabilizing weapons systems like George W. Bush’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) shield.”

      Our present government (but not limited to the current government) has shown its ineptness in dealing with defense – witness the defectives submarines and F35 fiasco as just two. We shouldn’t be following the American alpha warrior model but Lester Pearson’s model.

    • ruth macleanFebruary 25, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      hello Steve, I believe that peace is the priority of our world – and it is possible. Violence war and weapons – are a false ideology that does not serve us – or future generations. We must all be a voice for peace – and our government must listen. As a great spiritual master once said – ‘Those who live by the sword, will also die by the sword’. Humanity can no longer survive in the draconian mode of power and destruction – we must raise our consciousness to dialogue, respect and co-operation. Rev.Ruth MacLean

    • PamelaFebruary 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      Steven, thank you, I think I would have to write a book, to disclose everything, it actually started (the horrible treatment) of veterans right after the war!!!!! I am particularly apalled at ex Chief Fantino, is it at all possible for the committee to hear what my dad had to say by me????

  33. Grace IsaakFebruary 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Canada was finessed into the illegal Afghanistan invasion by the United States. We then, for approximately ten years, fought an unwinnable war during which we paid The United States for supplies and services necessary to carry out their agenda in a war of their making!

    Is Canada suffering from national insanity?

    1. Canada must cancel membership in NATO and advise that all other countries do so as well. NATO is redundant due to the electronic weaponry that has been developed over the years and is now a mere arm of the Pentagon.

    2.Canada must exam and reset the goals of our Defense Department. We cannot , and nor should we try to, become a world power. Our military goals should be the defense of our nation and humanitarian assistance wherever invited. Stop planning for aggressive moves on other countries. To me “defense department’ implies we will defend Canada.

    3.Cancel all orders and plans for weapons of aggression. The Americans have now declared the F35 as over-priced and non workable. Such weaponry is not only irrelevant in the age of drones. The continued work on such mechanisms is to keep a few thousand Americans employed in producing money for the American military/industrial complex.

    4.Advise the United Nations to outlaw the use of drones for military action and the gathering of information. Basically, drones are a cowardly way to kill.

    5. Encourage Canadian think tanks to become non-partisan bodies dedicated to creating solutions to global problems through non-violent means such as tact, diplomacy and compromise.

    Canadians do not need to be seen as heroes. We just want peace on earth.

  34. Anne EriksenFebruary 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    Will Arlow of Ontario submits the following comment:

    24 02 14


    You could not have presented me with a more difficult topic on which to make a short comment.
    My first reaction on the whole weapons in space question is to say, we already have them.
    My next reaction is to ask the question what for? It’s a question that frustrates and vexes me.
    I, as you know well, read history. I like the term heterodox political to describe the kind of history I read. This kind of bent has informed my analysis of the primary reason for the cold war as Harry Truman’s fear of mishandling the inertial forces of demobilisation without meaningful electoral mandate. Truman’s fear was not irrational, those risks were real, substantial and knowable. It seems to me that perhaps in spite of, perhaps because of, or as a combination of the two, Truman chose the unknown risks of launching what has become known as The Cold War at the dawn of the Nuclear Age. I feel quite certain that if Truman had had any clue of what he was getting the world into he would not have even considered the course he took.
    Knowing all of this and that the risks Truman set up for the world, for his own domestic imperatives are still unfolding (anyone who thinks we are out of the worst of the danger because the cold war is supposed to be over should read Eric Schlosser’s book “Command and Control”) leaves me gasping in consternation when in relation to the Weapons in Space question I ask, what for?
    I am well aware that behind the scenes are the people of the “Security Intelligence Community”, saying to policy makers “Ooohhh, if you could know what I know about the risks you would be happy to take my advice”. Every time policy makers get sucked into that line, innocent people die by the millions. The last war in Iraq is just another example in a list as long as your arm.
    Back to the question “What for?” It seems to me that if there is a respectable moral case to be made for weapons in space, someone in the public domain would be making it. Further, a case made in secret is no case at all when making public policy. Any public policy not made in public is bad policy. This statement is not only logically provable, it has been borne out empirically over and over again.
    The fact that that case has not been made tells me that it does not exist and that there must be another agenda. So, we are back to the question What For?!
    Truman’s conundrum is instructive. The lesson we should draw is that hoping to avoid known risks by taking unknown ones is a fantastically bad policy decision. By applying both deductive (from the general to the specific) and inductive (from the specific to the general) reasoning, we can see that the risks of weapons in space are both unknowable in exact measure, but, knowable as some multiple of the risks of The Cold War. Therefore, it seems to me, weapons is space is pure madness.
    However it also occurs to me that there may be an unspeakable rationale behind the idea to launch another arms race, despite the risks. In the real politic of today, it may have occurred to the prime movers that Free Market Capitalism has run its course, and that publicly acknowledging the fact is as fraught with peril for everyone as Truman’s conundrum of handling the inertial forces of demobilisation without electoral mandate. There is not even a political space for positing the idea of demobilising the forces of Free Market Capitalism, let alone a political leader with the electoral clout to take on the issue. It could be that the only logical alternative that the establishment can see is absolute fascism centered in the military industrial complex, disguised as Democracy. If this is the real reason, the WIS idea, as bad as the idea is on all the other fronts, can and should also be seen as the utter failure of imagination in the political class. But then, when have the rulers ever really trusted the ruled with the truth? The radical step in the mind of the political class would be to trust in the capacity of the ruled to deal with the truth were they to be told it. The political elites simply cannot imagine such a thing.
    Perfidy, variegated and profound, is what we, the ruled, can be absolutely sure is behind WIS.
    WIS, what for? Could be a lot of reasons. All bad ones!

  35. Richard PearsonFebruary 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    We should reduce our efforts to fight the exaggerated threat from the rest of the world.
    Instead, we should increase our efforts to improve relations with the rest of the world.
    We should draw attention to effort by the USA to dominate the world. We should not help them.
    As Churchill said in the 1930s, ‘better jaw jaw than war war’.

  36. Ralph IbanezFebruary 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Please return Canada’s role as peace keeper, and stop sending our young soldiers to disastrous military adventures. Also, treat our veterans with respect and re-open the 9 veteran offices that got shut-down.

  37. John McConnellFebruary 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Steven, I support and donate to Canada’s World Federalists as well as to Cease Fire among others. I suggest you look at WFM Canada’s newsletters [Mondial]particularly the last on – Dec ’13 – “What Canada should be doing at the UN”, “Cluster Munitions Bill: Worse than no bill at all”,”Why Canada was not elected to the Security Council”, “Accountability for corporate Canada abroad”, Defining Development: Whoever said it was easy?”, “Women, peace and security:How committed is Canada?”

    With my warm regards to you and your team.

  38. KurtFebruary 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    In this country, a disproportionately large amount of our tax dollars go to the military-industrial complex in one form or another.

    I do not have a problem in using my tax contributions to defend the sovereignty of our country provided that the emphasis is clearly on defense, not offense. In particular, we should not be involved directly or indirectly in any international “military escapades”.

    Instead, I would suggest that we once again adopt country-building strategies such as were once promoted by our leaders. For example, it’s time to build a new coast-to-coast high-speed passenger and freight rail network. Such a project could span 10-20 years and use money diverted from military pie-in-the-sky wet dreams. Similarly, we could build an integrated east-west electric grid and safe, modern refineries and pipelines to provide good jobs in Canada. At the same time we could move our economy to a greener one.

    All of these goals could easily be accomplished simply by re-prioritizing our current ways of doing things. That time has come and we need leaders with vision to get us there.

  39. Bob MaxwellFebruary 24, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    It is time to start a new round of military cost reductions world wide. Most countries have huge debt loads and need funds for education and environmental sustainability. How about just even 1% reduction across the global board, then up it to 2% and transfer the funds to capital projects like clean water, local food production and education. At 2% start pay down some debt.
    Need a logo 1% for the kids of the future – “1% all in”.


  40. M.J.HouletteFebruary 24, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Why are we still on a cold war footing. Who is the enemy? North Korea. Give me a break. They are one of the poorest countries in the world. Russia? Russia is a failed state and we should be assisting them in getting going economically. We did it for the Germans and Japanese but for our old alley during the last world war no help. Look at the space program in Russia and the cooperation with the west and what has been accomplished by doing so. We could expand that into other areas as well. It would help us and and the Russians. Why do we always have to find an enemy where there are none. I’d much rather sink a few Japanes whaling boats than butt heads with Putin who is not our enemy. Why does the west keep trying to turn him into one. Why don’t we take aim at the real enemy in the modern world, “organized religion”. A lot of strife in the real world is caused by religion. The hatred of Gays, Women, Jews, science and natural selection, you name it and there is a religion that hates it. Lets start taxing religion and see how long those big fancy Churches and Mosques remain open and unsold. Nuff said!

  41. don beggsFebruary 24, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    It is probably useless to talk to senators as they often are simply political bag men appointed by their party leader to follow the party line. even though the Libs have recently disowned” them. The Libs will be no different than the Cons. We need a “Canadian Spring”

  42. sharon lawrenceFebruary 24, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Please could you ask this one question:

    What would be the priority if there was peace all over earth?

  43. Brigid KempFebruary 24, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Canada needs to be taking the lead, in seeking a peaceful solutions to world conflicts, in partnership with other peace organizations around the world. Canada needs to slash the military budget and concentrate on funding the parts of making a Canada for all Canadians and not just the military-industrial complex. Fund the Canada Peacekeepers to be real peacekeepers, and work with the United Nations.

  44. Gabriel GagnéFebruary 24, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    Dear Steven!

    I want to hammer this nail again: “disarmement is not possible and realistic without a transition to the mastering and use of non-violence to solve human conflicts and defend human rights”.

    It is late Sunday evening, I work tomorow, i can’t do lots of research on the net to find english resources, so I just hope you can find a way to have these translated. It expains what I am talking about, this is from the “Institut de recherche sur la Résolution Non-violente des Conflits” in France. it can be translated by “Non-violent conflict resolution research institut”:



    and there is also an intersting resource in Montréal:


    All the best in your meeting with Mr. Dallaire and its preparation. I wish I could do more. Sorry.


  45. George Jesra MenziesFebruary 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    Why sell arms to countries that may some day use them against us (e.g. Iraq and USA, Osama bin Ladin from USA to fight Russians in Afghanistan). If we defend our country at our 200 mile oceanic limit, we won’t get the blood of innocents as we do over seas, nor the smear of our international corporate materialism. Arms for Canada’s defense on Canada’s borders only. If we fight for friends, there must be a reason we are friends. These reasons must be the right reasons, and the fight contracted before the declaration of war. Not materialistic reasons, not religious zeal.

  46. MichaelFebruary 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    New documents have revealed that government spy agency CSEC is collecting hugely sensitive information and monitoring the movements of thousands of law-abiding Canadians. The government won’t provide the details but this spying activity could include you.

    They’ve spied on innocent air travellers at Canadian airports.1 They’ve spied on important friends and allies2. They’ve even helped U.S. spies run a massive surveillance operation on Canadian soil.3

    And here’s the kicker. Guess who’s footing the enormous bill for this reckless behaviour? Turns out Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for a staggering $4.2 billion

    Those spying on law-abiding Canadians will be housed in the “most expensive government building ever built” using a budget that’s more than doubled in the last decade, while essential services face cutbacks.45

    [1] CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers. Source: CBC News

    [2] Canadian spies targeted Brazil ’s mines ministry. Source: CBC News

    [3] New Snowden docs show U.S. spied during G20 in Toronto . Source: CBC News

    [4] Inside Canada ’s top secret billion dollar spy palace. Source: CBC News

    [5] Spy agency’s budget to hit $460m after ‘steady path’ of growth. Source: The Globe and Mail

    Canada Budget Squeeze Continues, But Deficit All But Gone This Year: Flaherty

    The Current Outstanding Public Debt of Canada is approximately:$616,410,585,743.75 CDN
    Last Updated: January 10th, 2014
    Every man, woman and child in Canada (Canada currently has a population of around 34.48 million people) currently owes $17,875.90 for their share of Canada’s public debt.

    Conservative government inherited a $20b annual surplus and subsequently misspent tax dollars on mismanaged military projects, phoney Gazebos and fake lakes under “infrastructure programs” which did nothing to stimulate growth and at the same time still managed to increase the Canadian Debt by $160b over just 8yrs.
    That’s the difference in understanding investing in growth of jobs and the overall economy and reallocating money to your friends.

    The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released its annual “Alternative Federal Budget” (AFB) last week, which if enacted, would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4% – and still balance the budget, one year later than the federal government plan.

    The Defence chapter of the AFB calls for a return to pre–September 11, 2011 defence spending levels, so that $3.2 billion can be freed up to be used where we need it most – in our social programs – for the elderly, veterans, and everyday Canadians like you and me . . .

    The Harper government is slashing its care for veterans, closing libraries and disposing of books, shutting down primary services like Canada Post mail delivery, and curbing funding of the arts and science, all in the name of austerity. Yet the government is still overspending on defence!

    We need better social programs, not more tanks and military toys.

  47. Mike BrayFebruary 23, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    The American debt is now $17.4 Triilion, with military budgets accounting for a substantial part of it. Why would Canada want to go down that road? We would rather maintain our public health care than missiles.

  48. NicaFebruary 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    why are we so concerned with american politics? i thought this was Canada? please, for the love of fresh air BAN FRACKING nationwide! it is not worth the risks or the poisons or the lack of safe using water. Hydraulic Fracturing is killing hundreds of lives every day.

  49. Eve MarkFebruary 23, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Please listen to the words from the minds, hearts, and souls of Canadians who are strong peace loving people. Do not engage in war. Put all your
    military spending into peace keeping. Escalating our engagement in war machines only heightens the possibility of destruction and chaos in our future, and makes Canada and Canadians into targets.
    Show the world it can be done. Make Canada a peaceful, safe place for anyone.

  50. GinnyFebruary 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    Anything war can do, peace can do better.

  51. Agnes WattsFebruary 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    I used to be proud of our Canadian Forces. Back when they wore the U.N.’s blue beret and were sent under the aegis of the international body to places in the world that needed “policing”, Canada was known for its “peace-keeping”. WE were not seen as aggressors, but as mediators. Fast forward to today, when we’re seen as an arm of the U.S. military in some places and as just plain meddlers in other locations. Our current government (read Stephen Harper and his minions) does not even bother with the pretext of peacekeeping any longer. The antagonism to the U.N. from Harper is well documented. I use to wear a maple leaf lapel pin with pride. Not any longer! Terrorism breeds terrorism. WE must reverse our present policy and return to our more civilized roots, if we have any hope of being part of a more enlightened world.

  52. Della WebsterFebruary 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Please explain to the Committee, that we, as Canadians do not want to become part of the American Military Industrial Complex. We were known worldwide as Peace Keepers in the past and we can become them again. It will require a complete change in attitude of our leaders and the will to put these changes into practice for the betterment of our planet.

  53. Della WebsterFebruary 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Please explain to the Committee, that we, as Canadians do not want to become part of the American Military Industrial Complex. We were known worldwide as Peace Keepers in the past and we can become them again. It will require a complete change in attitude of our leaders and the will to put these changes into practice for the betterment of our planet.

  54. Nauman MithaniFebruary 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Dear Sen. Dallaire,

    Please oppose any American-backed, grand(jose) weaponisation programmes e.g. “Star Wars”. No foreign power can assess our defense needs. It is only we ourselves who can do that.

    Secondly, please encourage the practice of fair and proper assessment and bidding for defense contracts. We mustn’t have a repetition of the F-35 fiasco.

  55. Jacques LechasseurFebruary 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Roméo Dallaire has lived through the Rwandan genocide horror without any help from the UN and the European governments that have colonised Rwanda. The lack of help and interest from the UN was, to put it simply, due to some rapporteur’s declaration that there was nothing of value in Rwanda that would be worth a real and important military intervention in that country.

    That traumatic experience, even for a Général, took the best of Roméo Dallaire’s spirit and almost of his sanity as he had to fight against red tape to try to save lives. He was forbidden to intervene militarily while corpses were accumulating by the thousands along roads and in cities. Therefore I would go easy on the dear Général.

    You could remind the Senate about the Diefenbaker Conservative government that destroyed all the plans and prototypes of the Avro Arrow, a Canadian made fighter jet to become the CF-105, the best fighter jet in the world at the time, ahead of all the others by at least 15 years as the defence experts were claiming. Diefenbaker had been convinced by the U.S.A. that fighter jets were passé, and that missiles were the way of the future. So Diefenbaker bought missiles, the Bomarc, built in the US by Boeing, and the deal appears to have been that no Bomarc would come into Canada if the plans and prototypes of the Avro Arrow were not totally destroyed. Once the Arrow project was killed, all the Avro aeronautics experts lost their jobs, and a majority of them went to the US to work, mainly for Boeing, helping make that company the biggest airplane builder for decades, while we destroyed Canada’s possible aerospace market. Canada’s Bomarc were never used.

    Eventually the US had ballistic missiles that could fly over Canada’s North to reach Russia. If there was no more need for Canada’s participation into the deployment of ballistic missiles on its territory back then, why would there be a need for Stephen Harper to install such missiles on Canadian soil now or in a near future, and in the process, make Canada a target for ballistic missiles from other countries? That project is mainly to dissuade other countries from attacking the U.S.A., but Canada doesn’t have to participate in such a costly and dangerous military venture.

    Canada has always been a Peacekeeper, until Stephen Harper came into power that is, and recent experience has shown to the ex Air Force officer that I was that Harper is putting this country in harm’s way by helping to defeat countries that have done nothing against Canada. Harper’s actions are well known throughout the world now, and trouble could be coming our way, no matter how well protected we could be by ballistic missiles and intelligence services. When Canada participates in “wars of terror” like in the Libyan case, or uses human aid funds to help Syrian refuges, I hope it’s not also funding al Qaeda and friends… Being a geopolitical friend of the US since 2001 could have the look of an extreme sport, be seen as a terrorist attitude and/or action, and call for resistance by the countries affected by Canada’s foreign affairs. Resistance for them could be terror for us… So I strongly suggest that we, Canadians, veer on the course of Lester B. Pearson instead of George W. Bush’s and all following presidents of the same cloth as Bush jr.

    • IOFebruary 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank You! It is truly gratifying to find intelligence in this current darkness of governance.

  56. Henry Evans-TenbrinkeFebruary 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Another reason Israel should be boycotted.


  57. Jule AsteriskFebruary 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Bring back Canadian values: we want to be peacekeepers. We invented the term, and Lester Pearson promoted it internationally with great success. Peacekeeping is what Canadians do best, but in today’s world, it has gotten somewhat convoluted. Bring back traditional conflict remediation and peacekeeping, without imposing any agenda, either religious or economic. Like the song says: “We have to live together, why can’t we live together?” We all have to live together here on Mother Earth. Conflicts and wars prevent this. Bring back Peace!

    • Jacques LechasseurFebruary 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      I couldn’t have said it better. And Timmy Thomas’ words and song had a real meaning back in ’72 about possible peace, and the US War in Vietnam ended three years later. We have to stop following the US’ foreign affairs. On that aspect it’s the most dangerous country in the world.

      Unfortunately the ultra-rich don’t want peace since there’s so much more money to be made with wars… The Rothschild family is THE example of that, first by financing England’s war against Napoléon. Before that event, I don’t know who financed what war and/or if there was such a possibility, but I heard that since Waterloo the Rothschilds have managed to become richer than the Bank of England… So they say. And the international banking system has its tentacles in most countries, with a few exceptions, and they might be the next targets. So, besides reinstating peacekeeping, governments should reign in the richest organisation on the planet, the banking system, and then follow with the military-industrial complex.

  58. Richard HillsFebruary 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    I’m more of a Star Trek fan than a Star Wars fan although both were very good science fiction series/movies. But science fiction is now reality & instead of All the World working Peacefully together for a better future & go where no man has gone before,we choose to stay in little groups to fight the other groups & build guns so they’ll make guns so someone else makes bigger guns to destroy at any cost anyone & everything we can’t change or understand until that day when everything crumbles up at our feet from the barren lands dried from the poisons in our streams & foul air left for us to breathe.”I am your father Luke” & this is what I leave behind for our future generations.”Good Luck & Peace be with You”.

  59. Henry Evans-TenbrinkeFebruary 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Canada should not be supporting a country like Israel where children are imprisoned, tortured and shot as well as being left homeless when their homes are indiscriminately destroyed. Israel is an apartheid state and should be treated just as South Africa was when it practiced identical policies.



    Pictures are of me in Palestine assisting Palestinian farmers with the olive harvest back in 2003.

  60. Bonnie DenhaanFebruary 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Canada always seems to tag along with the USA when the “terrorism” threat is raised. Of course there are opponents to “democracy” anywhere, willing to use violence to obtain their goals. But surely, ill-conceived Nuclear “defenses” are almost as dangerous to Canada as those “other” perceived threats. Canada would always be – always has been – the battlefield for any such violence. We are seen as a buffer for the USA, to preserve their “homeland” at the expense of ours. Why do we give up our sovereign rights whenever the USA wants us to, with no thought of finding our own independent alternative stance? Where is the voice of Common Sense in all this? Can Canada provide it? Not likely under our current Government, I fear.

  61. Derrick BranscombeFebruary 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    I feel disadvantaged without knowing with what is the committee charged?

    To get the committee in the mood, perhaps you could ask how the “international community” is doing with its obligation to disarm?

  62. Bruce RosoveFebruary 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Here is the link to the paper I was looking for see especially starting on page 21


  63. Beth JohnsonFebruary 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Canada does not need “Star wars” weapons. They will only serve to classify us as “enemies.” As many have already said, we need to return to our role as peacekeepers. We also need an agenda of assisting the less fortunate in Canada and around the world in achieving a reasonable, sustainable level of living. That will protect us by making Canada a friendly nation which cares about others, rather than a threat to be conquered. The other key agenda that Canada needs to embrace is saving the environment, so all can live well. No doubt Romeo Dallaire knows the horror that war produces. Knowing that Canadians support efforts of peace and reconciliation should strengthen his resolve to direct the Canadian Government away from the USA’s mistaken agenda of costly militarization toward a saner policy of positive principles.

  64. Lorraine RekmansFebruary 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I find it disturbing to learn that Goldman Sachs is creating more nuclear instability in the world with the stockpiling and then fire-sale of uranium on world markets. This is irresponsible. Trading in yellowcake is highly dangerous. In Canada we have a fiasco underway with the NWMO trying to find long term storage for nuclear wastes, while the money changers are inevitably contributing to global insecurity by trading in yellowcake. Romeo Dallaire needs to examine the trading markets globally as part of a national security exercise. Thank you.

  65. Bruce RosoveFebruary 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    I would strongly encourage you to speak about the Canadian Department of peace Initiative. More detail is available here: http://www.departmentofpeace.ca/

    I would also encourage you to show the disparity between what is spent on the military and what is spent on peace. A great summary of this is available from the Peace Building Centre: http://peacebuildingcentre.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=12

    I will search for the two pager that I saw recently and send it shortly.

  66. Gordon RossFebruary 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Canada’s best role in the world since Lester Pearson has been as peace keepers, that is our heritage and that is our person as a people. I believe that our military is being misused by the current corporate controlled political regime and it is my hope that will be voiced loud and clear in 2015. We are friends with our neighbours to the south and are very close to the American people , but I believe that it is a mistake to support their current government in their terrorist activities. Canadians want to respect the rule of law, we are a polite society that values all people and stands proudly as good citizens of the world. We expect no less of our military and those that direct its deployment. Canadians have great respect for our military, not as weapons but as a force for fair action and peaceful solution. We hope for that to continue and for our government to realize that and work to regain our position of trust and dignity.

  67. Reynold ReimerFebruary 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    By coincidence, I heard a radio program on the subject a few days ago. It is at http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/100165 In it Bruce Gagnon points out that the so-called missile defence systems being put in place by the U.S. are in fact offensive in that they are being used to encircle Russia and China. He also talks about the eastward expansion of NATO in spite of promises made to Russia and he talks about the financial support Obama has received from weapons manufacturers.

    Canada should not be complicit in the expansion of the U.S. military-industrial complex. We should be a voice of reason. Of course we blew our chance at being a force for good when we elected the war mongers now in Ottawa. Rather than giving them carte blanche to spend endlessly on weapons we should be doing everything we can to change the dominant mindset in Ottawa.

  68. Dan FarrellFebruary 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Many thoughtful posts. I,too, believe that a peacekeeping role would be a great choice for our military.
    Sadly, there will always be a need for lethal weapons to defend against hostile foes. Star wars may not work, yet. But,someday someone will develop effective anti-missile defenses. That would leave other nations at their mercy.I can’t presume to say which weapons would be best for Canada but I believe it is in our interest to assess potential threats and then spend intelligently on only those weapons needed for our defense. Our military leaders do not seem to be thinking clearly.

  69. NancyFebruary 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    This morning I received this email from SumOfUs. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to be able to include the actual petition here. But, please contact our government and SunOfUs! Nancy…..

    Stephen Harper’s trade minister is about to sign a secret, global pact to allow corporations to sue the Canadian government for billions — just for passing laws to protect our health or the environment.

    The secret meeting in Singapore is happening right now. Harper wants us to believe the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is all about getting a better deal for Canada. But the truth is that it could end up being one of the biggest corporate power grabs in a generation.

    This deal is like the disastrous Canada-China FIPA trade pact on steroids. Harper and his trade minister are refusing to make the deal public (although corporate lobbyists seem to be getting the inside track) — making it hard to know just what’s in the TPP. But leaks so far indicate this is bad news. That’s why Harper wants it to stay confidential — he’d prefer to quietly sign away our rights without a big fuss.

    This deal is too important to leave to the politicians: it could affect the lives of Canadians for generations to come.

    Can you tell Stephen Harper to reject the TPP and protect our democratic rights?

    The TPP is being negotiated by 12 countries from around the Pacific. They’re discussing everything from restricting internet freedoms to weakening environmental protections. But that’s not the worst of it. One of the key parts of the deal is a system that will allow the world’s biggest companies to overturn our democratically decided laws.

    Right now, Eli Lilly is suing the Canadian government under the rules of NAFTA for $500 million dollars. Eli Lilly claims that the Canadian courts were wrong when they allowed other companies to make generic cheaper versions of two of its drugs after their patents had expired.

    If the TPP goes ahead, this will be an everyday reality. Canada will be at risk every time a profit-seeking corporation with a grudge comes looking, and it will be taxpaying Canadians that pay the bill.

    Sign the petition to Stephen Harper and tell him not to open Canada up to corporate lawsuits.

    Together, our community voted to make stopping unfair global trade deals one of our top priorities for 2014. So we’ve been busy working on a plan that stretches right around the globe and we’re going to need lots of help. Already, SumOfUs members have been active in the USA calling on Congress to refuse Obama the right to negotiate without their input — and Congressional leadership have come out against “Fast Track” in response. We’re also busy building opposition in Australia and New Zealand too. Now it’s our turn to send a clear message to the Canadian government — “say no to the TPP”.


    Angus, Hannah and the SumOfUs team

  70. Onni MilneFebruary 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I feel sickened again to hear again that money will be thrown away on machines and weapons that kill. When will we direct those funds to pay for health care, education and services for Canadian citizens. Romeo Dallaire knows what war means, the destruction and death it brings. We need a PEACE factory instead with efforts to promote PEACE in a world ready to fight and kill at a moment’s notice.

  71. LizFebruary 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    I wish I had facts, were eloquent, could make a difference – but all I can say is that I am so filled with sadness at how our country has lost it’s way in recent years. We seem to follow like sheep, not ask the REAL questions. We used to be viewed as peacekeepers – a “clean” country, a moral country. Maybe I am a dreamer, but I miss that feeling of pride to be a Canadian.
    As for subject at hand – who are we arming ourselves against? Where and when has ramping up the military ever done any real good in the end? We need to find a way to reach people – get past our collective addiction to the economy and focus on – quite literally – saving our world. It is such a sad FACT that the planet would be so much better off without humans – and here we are going full throttle in that direction.
    By ramping up military, we quite simply INVITE trouble to our doorstep. By being a peaceable nation our “threat” to the world of conflict is lessened.
    History repeats itself since time was recorded. Violence begets violence. Period. Let’s be proud Canadians on more levels that just how many medals we win at the Olympics. Let’s become even more like the Canadians other nations used to look at in admiration and respect.
    We have a burgeoning dictatorship going on in this country. Our democratic process is seriously flawed. We have lost our way. Lets not compound it any further by more military aggression. Our government is supposed to be for the people – stop telling us what we should do , and LISTEN to us!!

    • Darlene PatrickFebruary 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Having just watched the closing ceremony at the Olympics in Sochi, which is supposed to be a showcase for peace and tolerance, I am saddened by the hypocrisy of watching more people mouth the words but not do the actions to actually promote peace and tolerance. There is so much war and intolerance in the world and it seems to be getting worse.

      Our planet Earth is in trouble with extreme weather conditions from climate change, ice caps melting, overpopulation, major droughts, etc., we should all be working together to stem the flow of destruction that threatens all of us. Instead of building up more military weapons and preparing ourselves for war, we should realize that we are literally in the same boat. What good will money or gold or anything else be worth when we can no longer breathe the air, grow food or have access to clean water?

      It’s a simple song refrain, but so true: “all we need is love” — love for one another, love for the other animals who share our world and love for the environment.

  72. KitFebruary 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Like many others, I would like to see an emphasis on Peacekeeping, and investment in resources and personnel to patrol and protect our Canadian Environment, to adequately search and rescue those who go missing in our vast nation, and to respond to emergencies, which seem to be occurring far too often. I would also like to see a less biased approach to military support and diplomacy, similar to what several others have mentioned. Before another fighter jet is purchased I would like to see adequate funding and monitoring of health, education and social programs in our country. Perhaps we should have a bake sale to support purchases of the expensive war machines our government seems determined to buy.

  73. Jack RobinsonFebruary 23, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    As a Canadian citizen whose patriotism and pride has been seriously eroded by the Harper Government’s tacitly toxic support for the Corporate War Machine juggernaut… most recently here in London, Ontario with the General Dynamics contract to build high-tech armoured vehicles for Saudi Arabia’s repressive Potentate Regime…I consider former soldier Mr. Dallaire not only a genuine hero for his tireless campaign against brinksmanship militarism… but likely the sanest voice to be heard amidst the dragon’s breath and bafflegab any day the PMO-stacked Chamber Pot Circus may convene.

    • Palmer GriffithsFebruary 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Very well Said Mr. Robinson I could not have spoken as eloquently as you. I agree with you 100 % Cheers!.. Sincerely, Palmer Griffiths

  74. Palmer GriffithsFebruary 23, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Canada has always had a long standing reputation as being Peacekeepers and we should be continuing on that course. Unfortunately as of lately it seems as though our reputation as Peacekeepers is diminishing and being sullied in the eyes of the world “in my opinion” with Wars like Afghanistan which is resulting in having our servicemen & servicewoman needlessly maimed and killed. For our country to get involved in a Missile Defence Program I think is a dangerous pretext. I feel it sends the wrong message to countries like China and Russia and also I believe we would be treading dangerous ground. We are supposed to be against having weapons in space. Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought this was against UN Charters regarding nuclear weapons in Space. I also feel this doesn’t benefit the average Canadian citizen as does more so the Industrial/ Military/Corporate complex. This should not happen and we should be investing in ways to promote peace and ending wars.

  75. Derek IrelandFebruary 23, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Steven, one of the issues you may wish to address is the risk that a small “blip” increase in Canadian defense spending will lead to the establishment of a small but highly influential and government dependent “military industrial complex” in Canada — which will need to export to survive but in many ways will not be globally competitive. The result is that government subsidies and other forms of government support and protection (involving hidden costs to Canadians) will be used to promote defense exports to questionable nation-states and their military regimes with dubious human and political rights records — all subsidized by the Canadian taxpayer. In my view, this would not be consistent with “responsible fiscal management”.

  76. Pauli SommerFebruary 23, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    I appreciate your willingness to crowdsource on this matter, Stephen. Crowdsourcing and the careful process of screening and filtering to access higher intelligence is the way of the future.

    Unless we understand the connections between ‘Star Wars’ and the current crucial controversy around geoengineering, we will not see how downright dangerous the technology and scientific experimentation is to every one on this planet.
    This technology is complex. It takes time and effort to do the research to understand the ways in which things have already and could continue to go very, very wrong. One needs to be deeply grounded in an understanding of how interconnected every life form on this planet is. I highly doubt that any of Canada’s decision makers have a deep understanding of the risks.
    Making decisions of this magnitude, that could have disastrous ramifications at a planetary level is modern day Malthusian ideology.
    Recognize corporate lobbying for what it is…greed-based. insatiable and when it comes to the military industrial complex-insane.

  77. Edward MullensFebruary 23, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Canada should develop an anti drone vehicle and defence system because sooner or later the USA will be targeting people or places in Canada. It would also be marketable to other countries who suffer from drone attacks by the USA

  78. WillieFebruary 23, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Build a world class ice breaker and mount a 20 mm machine gun on it , made in Canada . then we can claim to be doing our part in world dominance .

  79. WillieFebruary 23, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Build a world class ice breaker with a 20 mm machine gun built in Canada of course . then we can claim to be doing our share in the world .

  80. Hans SinnFebruary 23, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Would the Senate Committee endorse the establishment of Youth Peace and Community Service that combines Indigenous with non-Indigenous peacemaking and community building skills and traditions?

  81. Hans SinnFebruary 23, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Would the Senate Committee endorse the establishment of a Youth Peace and Community Service that combines Indigenous with non-Indigenous peacemaking and community building skills and traditions ?

  82. Robert WillsFebruary 23, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Before deciding which weapons system to buy, we must decide who we want to murder. Who needs killing? High-flying jets are most suitable for raining down demolition upon large groups of people, such as rogue cities or neighbourhoods where people we don’t like live. They have proven quite useful for killing or wounding allied troops on maneuvers. Drones are more suitable for shredding particular criminals and their families and nearest neighbours. Perhaps Canada should consider adapting modern weapons systems to deliver nerve gas – it seems to be the favoured method of dealing with insurgencies. Before saving tax-payer dollars by paying the exhorbitant prices for US-owned and controlled weapons systems, this government must produce a ‘hit list’, of unwanted persons, and a game plan for their elimination-with-prejudice.

    • Onni MilneFebruary 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      I love your observation and interpretation of the issue. Good on you for showing the reality of this kind of program unfiltered by Conservative pr.

  83. Jim CarmichaelFebruary 23, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    It is time for Canada to return to its traditional peace-building and peace-keeping role. We were once renowned for our important contributions as international peacekeepers. There are already enough warrior nations in the world–there is no need for Canada to join that club. Instead, we should concentrate on where we can really make a difference in the world, as peacekeepers, conflict mediators and problem-solvers. Less than a generation ago, Canada was able to speak to every nation in the world on any issue, because we were recognized as a respected voice for peace, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development and support for the United Nations. Let us hope that the next Canadian government will seek to regain that very positive international reputation that Canada enjoyed for so many years.

  84. CassandraFebruary 23, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    I agree with most of the comments that all the money spent on military installations should be spent on fixing our own poverty problems.

    This winter I read “Lawrence IN Arabia . War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and The Making of the Modern Middle East”, Scott Anderson, also T. E. Lawrence’s “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” (written some years after WW1 from his memory) Lawrence is described as “although continually bitterly ashamed that the Arabs had risen in revolt against the Turks as the result of fraudlent British promises of self-rule, Lawrence led them in a triumphant campaign which revolutionized the art of war.” SO NOTHINGS HAS CHANGED! What country does not resent forever being conquered! Money & resources, not to forget LIVES HAVE BEEN WASTED!

  85. John RabideauFebruary 23, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Canada is coming to be seen as a terrorist nation serving the “One World Order” agenda….
    Pamela Wallin is another Jack Abramoff….and this committee until now has only served as a lobbyist group to further arms procurement of every order and supported terrorist agendas of the “One World Order” proponents internationally!

    Canada’s assaults against other sovereign nations such as Haiti and more recently Afghanistan and Libya speak for themselves for anyone willing to do the research.

    Ask Romeo if he has the courage to stand up for the truth of what Canada has become?

    Then ask, “Do you have the clout to change anything?”

    I am counting on some far greater intervention to end all the darkness and evil on this planet and in Canada at all levels and in all disciplines…

    This “Missile Issue” has little to do with the reality that all the top brass needs to be summarily dethroned!

  86. Larry CarneyFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    I feel confident that you can do well without my imput. I have dual citizenship and tend to mix Canadian and U.S. policies; I see Canada, especially under Harper, as acting like little brother to a world bully, hoping for a chance to bully a bit too. The general situation, with modern weapons and wealth inequality (creating greater poverty) and the military-industrial complex and global warming – makes it a matter of common sense. We’re playing with matches arounnd a world powder-keg.

  87. Vivian JonesFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Canada needs to return to it’s Peace Keeping role only,re-direct defense funds to ensure everyone has food, shelter, education, and health care as basic human rights.

  88. StefanFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    For Pete’s Sake, Just Don’t Let Them Waste Any Money Or Political Capital On A Stupid Ballistic Missile Defence System.

  89. almaFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    As we’ve seen in the disastrous venmture in Afghasnistan, war solves no problems, even asd it creates amany additional ones.We shjould be heelping to make the world a fairer – and thus less volatiole place – spending money which will hjelp[ this, rather thasn wasting it on more means of destruction. Increasingly it seems we are heading for PEACE FOR AQLL.Or Peace for none.

  90. BenalbanachFebruary 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    We should learn from the US..or rather from the actions of the US. Trillions of dollars spent on wars and conquests. Thousands ( millions ? ) of young Americans sacrificed. Have the results proven worthwhile ? Certainly not.Has the US become a “Beacon to the world “? Quite the opposite.
    Canada is selling military vehicles to the Saudis. Others including Israel are selling advanced weaponry to the Saudi. Will this bring peace and tranquility to the area ? Israels Nuclear weapons don’t seem to have that effect.
    Time to work at peace rather than war. Time to get back to using reason rather than bombast…and I do not believe for a minute that this is naive.

  91. Sheila O'ReillyFebruary 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Romeo Dallaire, of all people, should know that it is the common people (and usually the poor) who are the most affected by war. Having seen children living in the most dire conditions and suffering the brutality of decisions made by the powers that be, Dallaire must be against any warfare. I would be horrified were this not so. War is rarely felt by the wealthy, and always felt – painfully so – by those with little power.

  92. N. Van DusenFebruary 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Canada had an excellent reputation as a peace-keeper until the present Govt.
    We need to go back to that role as a country that wil help the needy, do all
    possible to prevent wars diplomatically and by providing peacekeepers on the
    ground. History showed that it worked, but that did not enrich the arms dealers and manufacturers. They are the ones that seem to have control of our present government. A big change is required if we want to avoid global wars. Don’t expect any change from Harper.

  93. Stephan MartiFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Climate change is a much more serious treat than war, since we don’t do anything about it, why do we worry about war? Maybe we have to protect ourselves from the climate change refugees.

  94. ROLF LOTHFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Dear Steve!
    Anybody who thinks that a ballistic missile defense system will secure our right to life, liberty and property is either a fool or a psychopath, or both.
    What we have here in Canada is a group of elitist politicians from the PM down to MPs and senators who are in the employ of the military-industrial complex and who give a hoot about Canada and its people. CANADA is a fiction/corporation and not the Canada we live in, so are we who are considered ‘persons’. We need to change the whole concept of who we are, then create a Republic, based on Natural Law and not on Statute Law. We don’t need a government that ‘protects’ us from ourselves – we need a constitution that protects us from the government (a good example is what is happening in the Ukraine these days).
    But we also need to earn that which we expect as benefits from our government.

    Best wishes,

  95. Hélène NarayanaFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    The Harper government should be taken to task on its much too cosy relation with Israel. It has been the worst kept secret for a very long time but a recent article in the Guardian Weekly by Julian Borger exposes the hypocrisy surrounding the fact that Israel possesses nuclear weapons.
    The indefectible support accorded to Israel by Stephen Harper is totally misguided and can be explained only by Christian fundamentalist ideology.

  96. Phyllis ReeveFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Rather than invest in means to wage war – for which we have no reason – Canada should invest in peace, especially in working through the United Nations to alleviate suffering in areas where armed struggles are being waged, and through international agencies AND our own government, be a useful, compassionate and effected presence wherever people are having to leave their homes and are in need of refuge.

    You know what to say, Steven. Thanks for speaking for us.

  97. Margaret TaylorFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Our real power in the world lies in being Peacekeepers. We have to take the risk!!!!

  98. Kathlene willingFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Canada has lost its way since trying to emulate the US and being pushed around by the corporate agenda. We must be strong and return to our respected role of peace keepers. We have no threats to our security to spend trillions on useless armaments. Romeo Dallaire should understand what war is capable of .

  99. Sheila BurrFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    War has to be a passe idea or we shall all be passe! (need an accent aigu)
    Someone must begin to reverse this insane rush to oblivion and it should be Obama. Canada can help by encouraging sanity, co-operation, respect, compassion rather than sinking to the lowest level.
    Do something worthwhile, about which we can all be proud.

  100. Nick AplinFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm #


    Canada is under no threat that can justify huge expenditures on any weapons, especially when our supports for the most vulnerable in our own society have been so drastically reduced in the past thirty years. Let the dollars flow to those in Canada who need help.


  101. Bruce Van TassellFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    We need to go back to the country Canada who as peace keepers in Cyprus were able to stop a civil war without the use of force. Now we are only defending corporate greed.

  102. Lyla McleanFebruary 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Canada’s role is that of peacekeepers. We want peace and want no part in producing, selling or using military weapons.

  103. MinervaFebruary 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Le Canada doit prôner la paix et arrêter de dépenser de milliards en armement et matériel de guerre. Ces sommes doivent être investies dans le bien être de la population et dans l’éducation à la Paix. Doit arrêter de supporter des politiques guerrières des autres pays tel que le USA et Israël

  104. Norm HarderFebruary 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    We must distance ourselves from the US military embrace that eats up our taxpayer dollars for the benefit of the military-industrial complex, and return to the more impartial path we were on years ago, when our UN Peacekeepers brought us international respect. The Canadian government should work diplomatically through the United Nations to put more teeth into Peacekeeping, and use the military to do ‘good deeds’ internationally e.g. providing emergency relief to disaster zones QUICKLY (food, water medicines, emergency shelters, etc.) .

    Lets do ‘good deeds’ for people who need it, not set out to kill them!

  105. LeonFebruary 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Say your piece for the record, but it will do no good because Conservative and Liberal governments are run by the 0.0001%. (We don’t know about the NDP because there hasn’t been one yet federally). Appeal to General(ret) Dallaire (i.e., make him feel guilty) regarding wars of choice being the greatest War Crime under the UN charter because all other war crimes thereby become possible. The Canadian government under the Conservatives and the Liberals have been involved in such wars, including the so called humanitarian right to protect conflicts. I hope the war crimes going on now in Libya have been obvious to all.

    • Jacob RempelFebruary 23, 2014 at 1:02 am #

      Dear Steven Staples,et al at Ceasefire.ca :—
      You have the most important campaign online. I note that in the NDP leader Mr.Mulcair’s words, Green Party leader Ms May’s words, and even today in Mr.Trudeau’s excellent convention rhetoric, we hear hardly a word about war, about Canada’s deep involvement and complicity in the “military-industrial-political” war establishment which is thriving everywhere. And we hear precious little about the necessary profound industrial changes necessary to cope with the pollution of earth, water, and air, or specifically climate warming. I hope you will explore those issues as you meet with Sen. Romeo Dallaire and the Senate’s National Security and Defence Committee, who have a significant audience to influence.

      HOWEVER, you need to go deeper — the neo-liberal government and corporation religion, their corporate freedoms enabled by the international investment agreements called free trade, a la Thomas Friedman and our Canadian acolytes emerging with Mulroney, and overwhelming all political parties. The neo-liberal wars everywhere are now instruments to project and protect corporate expansion internationally, and entangling every government, including our government in Canada.

      Neo-liberal globalization must be reversed for maximum localization and sustainable industry, and such leadership by governments, including ours in Canada. Canada should lead, not follow these necessary changes.The so-called free trade agreements and foreign investment protection agreements must be abrogated. Canada’s own mega-corporations are completely part of his international military industrial “free trade” aggression projected and protected with war.

      And Canada needs no fighter planes and navy equipment designed specifically for supporting U.S. and NATO imperial wars. Canada needs policy and equipment to prepare for climate and weather changes that will profoundly affect Canada and the world for our children and grandchildren. — Jacob Rempel, Vancouver

  106. Normand RiopelleFebruary 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    The US will do whatever it feels is in it’s best interest, what serves them the best and have NO sincere regard for us. So tell them NOT to participate and will NOT incure some ridiculous expense. The US will do what they planned anyways but we will have protested and they will know where we stand. Frankly my opinion is that no lethal missiles will be allowed to be used in our Universe if it means the destruction of our civilians or our planet.

  107. Jack ThornburghFebruary 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Hard to believe that the U.S. is still trying to resurrect the “Star Wars” missile defense program, a humungous waste of monetary and non-monetary resources that are needed for education, health, and social well-being. The program promoters seem psychopathic in their zeal for this most truly paranoid and useless initiative.

  108. Shirley JacksonFebruary 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Canadian international relations used to claim to be somewhat based on Human Rights. I believe Senator Romeo Dallaire is passionate about Human Rights. No weapons technology respects Human Rights. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 3 – Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person)

    Yes, there are countries in the world which are emerging as “Enemies” because of their “potential missile capabilities”, and there seems to be no common sense involved on any side. However, I believe that the “threat” of “attack” would be more effectively removed by huge Diplomatic and Humanitarian efforts to help the potential “enemies” to solve their problems, rather than throw good money after bad on ineffective missile defence systems.

    Imagine, over the next three decades, investing $250 billion ( amount the U.S. has spent in the last 30 years on the missile defence system that doesn’t really seem to work) in concerted efforts to diplomatically sort out problems with such as Iran and North Korea. By the way, are we, Canada, in conflict with these countries?

    I would rather see the amount of money spent on “toys for the boys” put towards clean water, sufficient food and real security for the inhabitants of this little planet. Oh, and then there’s the environment.

  109. Terry LawrenceFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Canada has no need of a military. Only one country – the USA – threatens us or disputes our sovereignty over the Canadian arctic islands, and if we are invaded by the US, it wouldn’t matter if we had an army and air force or not as it would be overwhelmed in hours.

    What we do need is a well equipped and capable Coast Guard and Search & Rescue, which ironically the Conservatives are dismantling even as they try to push through the purchase of tanks and stealth bombers. We also need oil spill protection and containment, which the Conservatives are also dismantling. Finally we need a well equipped disaster relief force to assist both here in Canada and abroad when natural or man-made disasters occur.

    The only purpose of tanks and F35s is to play the role of junior partner in US invasions of other countries; a role we should unreservedly repudiate.

  110. Ronald J MacPhersonFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    I believe that the moral imparative is to seek conciliation and to not engage in rehtoric that enflames and seeks to respond to simplistic idiological expressions of facinations with conflict. It is clear to me that we are not long out of the trees if we continue to engage in this way; if we regard life as expendable and cannot or will not make peace with our fellow man no mater what their ethnic or political persuasion. It is not axiomatic that going forward we cannot engage in peaceful and humane actions with our fellow humans who may or may not reflect our views but are nevertheless brothers having originated in Africa some 300,000 years ago.

  111. EugeneFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    I read Aspy and I agree with his/her comment. Let’s focus on being a force for good, for fairness, for peace. I agree with so many other posts, particularly with regard to the arms race and armament buildup. We do not need more arms any more than we need Harper’s recent agreement with Mexico. We are a developed western nation with much wealth and little population. Let’s show the world that our goal is to live happily, peacefully, conscious of our neighbours and the future, not in pursuit of more wealth and the security of that wealth. Let’s show the world that we believe in clean air, water and land for all to preserve, conserve and use responsibly as opposed to the marketization of these resources.

  112. Truth SeekerFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    When I was younger, I was proud to say “I am Canadian”, but not anymore. The more I learn about the truth of our history, and the more we become militarized like the US, poking our noses in countries where we have no business, trying to “democratize” the rest of the world which is really code for securing resources on behalf of the US, it’s becoming sickening. People are tired of the lies, the deception, the killing, the spending and the never ending wars on everything under the sun. Time for politicians and THEY to wake up. The natives are getting restless and informed, and we aren’t going to take it anymore.

  113. A.B. DavisFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    In general blanket statements do not cover national security.
    We must decide whether we want to live in a “safe” country with no rights or freedoms at the individual level or be democratically free. This freedom would not include imposing on the freedom of our fellow citizens.
    We are supposed to be a democracy and so personal freedom, both physical and mental, honest open access to information, and respect for all living creatures must take priority over any security plans. We must maintain a free impartial judicial system, and civil control of all police and army activities, and political activities.
    Complete security is not now and never has been possible.

  114. Jim RoothamFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    What I think is the best way to illustrate the impossibility of Star Wars is to point out the requirement for large scale testing for large systems. In this case that requires exploding nuclear warheads. So, is making it work going to cost you two planets or three? My guess is three, but it might be possible to build it only destroying two planets.

  115. GregFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    What’s Canada’s identity? Who are we in the world? What do we want our reputation to be? The Harper regime is in the process of redefining the nation. What percentage of the population is supportive? Canada has been sliding in the annual UN survey of best places to live the past decade. Coincidence? I’d say not.

  116. Sandra CurrieFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    How can we stop the sale of weapons, the glorification of war, and insane spending on expensive, and useless war toys? Is there any way, other than civil disobedience, to stop the march toward fascism that are presently on?

    • NancyFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Yes, there is another way than civil disobedience, and certainly a better way than civil violence. Let us learn to listen to Our Creator’s Divine Plan for each of us , moment by moment, and FOLLOW IT!This will involve not only dropping violence toward people, but also even dropping our negative emotions, including anger. Then we should be able to better hear our Creator’s suggestions.

  117. John FryFebruary 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm #


  118. AspyFebruary 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Briefly put:
    We should get out of the rat race i.e spending billions in armaments and defence and get back to our well-appreciated and traditional peace-keeping, where necessary.
    And stop pying patsy to our neighbours in the south!

  119. Brad JonesFebruary 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Take Star Wars off the agenda and make Canada peacekeeping nation again,now!

  120. HowardFebruary 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    BRAVO!! to brave souls like Ed Snowden, Julian Assange, Paul Hellyer and other whistle-blowers. Our military needs to grant safe asylum/amnesty to people inside it for exposing dirty/dangerous/deadly secrets, deals and practices that endanger humanity.
    Question for the committee: “Will involvement in National Security and Defense spending/plans be put to a national referendum?”
    I’m very heartened by the comments people have made on this website and on this issue; and thank you, Stephen Staples, for providing a platform for us to share our concerns. We are at this juncture globally because we allowed the military-industrial complex/cabals/elite etc. to take over by default. Taking back our collective power is not only possible, but essential to life on this planet. I recommend the e-book (very quick, insightful read) attached to: ‘How to change the world’ on the ‘Forbidden Knowledge’ website, as it takes us away from the focus on war and negativity to positive solutions and unity.

  121. Wanda LaurinFebruary 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Canada should discontinue military funding for the endless money-pit of “star-wars” programs and other misguided and useless weapons-gathering programs. Our nation would be increasingly peaceful, and the world would be increasingly peaceful, if we spent our national and international funding on taking care of people. Armaments to kill humans is a waste of our tax dollar.

  122. Patricia SkyFebruary 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    I grieve for the loss of Canada as a peace keeping nation. I agree with LINDA TWEDDLE: we need “a healthy military presence for coast guard and search and rescue at home, disaster relief at home and abroad, and peacekeeping under UN auspices.
    If those were the roles Canadians wanted our forces to fulfill, we would need search and rescue helicopters, not fighter jets, naval patrol and ice breaking vessels, and bases in northern Canada to serve Canadian needs at home, units like the DART team to serve abroad (and possibly at home), and different sorts of training and equipment for foreign peace keeping and disaster relief. We need to support our wounded and traumatized veterans and their families with easily accessible services across the country.”
    And with Don Chesney: “Dear Sen. Dallaire, I am delighted to see that you have been given the job of Defense Minister and I will have you in my prayers……Money spent on military investments doesn’t create nearly as many jobs as money spent on education and health care. Former Generals should not be allowed to serve the private sector to lobby for public spending on military investments.”
    And with GLEN PETERS: “Time to take Canada back from the sociopaths who profit from war.”
    And STEVE PILLMAN: “I’ve had it … our tax dollars being spent to create war and destruction. When our traitorous PM spends our tax dollars on planes and tanks and drones without OUR consent, you know right off the hop that this is a red alert situation. As a taxpayer I DEMAND transparency and accountability from public officials in charge of spending, or in this case, misappropriating public funds. Those who would sell our nation out to the Military Industrial Complex must be held to account and punished for their crimes against Canada!”

    • Geraldine YoungFebruary 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      I agree with Patricia Sky completely; it is a great letter.

      When any country or group wish to attack each other,
      we must demand they are put in a room and talk till
      they find their solution; argue their life away.

  123. Daniel ThealFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    I think that the push should be towards more open communication between states and trying to solve problems through negotiations rather than building more destabalizing weapon systems. As far as I know there is no safe nuclear weapon system and even if there were a way of destroying the other side and maintaining the safety of our side what kind of world would that be in which one side could obliterate the other side. We need better people running our governments. It appears as though the current set of leaders are insane or at least their actions are.

  124. Ronald E ThorpeFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    That we are being pushed up against a wall by forces aligned with the Committee of 300, the Bilderbergers, Council on Foreign Relations, the dark Cabal, Central bankers et al, is unquestioned in the masses minds and growing in intensity. That Harper is lockstep with those evil beings is obvious. We have no sovereignty now if we ever did. If the States go to war they will suck us along with them and the rest of the world looks at us with the same eyes that they see the US with. As a General what do you know about EMP protection ? Our infrastructure is as fragile as anyone else’s and a small EMP can take out large sections of the country. From the way cops are handling situations by killing anyone who fails to hear them or to comply for minor infractions or no infractions to speak of it looks awfully like the powers are trying to foment a revolution in the States. If they go to war against their own people we Canadians will be embroiled and will be overwhelmed by fleeing people from that country. What are our sovereign military doing to protect us from a civil war in the US? What efforts are being made to protect us from anything at all? What possibly can be gained by ignoring Paul Helier’s revelations about ET realities? They can provide ways out of our dilemma and what contacts do we have with benevolent ETs who can provide help? They have offered as WE KNOW, they have told us so. Will the cabal shoot you down if you come out with an pertinent revelations as to what I’ve spoken of? Paul H is still walking about. It’s time the hero’s stood up and were counted.

  125. DukeFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    It is reasonable to think we need a ballistic missile defence system LESS than we need to address the root causes of international conflict – economic inequality, class division, reliance on non-renewable energy. Spend the money (and the energy) on what matters.

    This is only reason and intuition speaking, as my information is limited.

  126. Mary EverrettFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks so much Steven for raising our voices in places that may count. The cost of the bungling of military equipment procurment is unbelievable. If the senate is indeed a sober second look surely it should look at the numbers and think about the people(us) who will have to pay for this. There has been a lot of spending and they should see that Canadians are reaching a breaking point when it comes to being taxed even more. The Star Wars talk could be another of Mr. Harper’s distraction tactics to keep the light off of all his bunglings to date. Star Wars can only mean anhiliation of the planet and that surely is worth a sober second look.

  127. Don ChesneyFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Dear Sen. Dallaire,

    I am delighted to see that you have been given the job of Defense Minister and I will have you in my prayers.

    I miss the Canada that I grew up in. We supported peace keeping all over the world and stayed out of conflicts that had nothing to do with protecting our nation.

    Money spent on military investments doesn’t create nearly as many jobs as money spent on education and health care.

    Former Generals should not be allowed to serve the private sector to lobby for public spending on military investments.

    We should be taking care of our veterans instead of using them like pawns to enrich an elite that profits from their sacrifices.

    Thanks for reading this,
    Don Chesney

  128. johnFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    as a curent soldier in a combat unit and a veteran of several deployments i will ask you to speak for us the soldiers and will tell you how we think
    as a majority of my friends and brothers in arms will tell you we want the opposite of what most others have posted here. we want operational deployments in a peace enforcing/ nation building/ combat role. to say that vets do not want that is a complete miss understanding of our desire to full fill our role as soldiers. it is also a complete miss understanding of the role of any military, Canadian or other.
    we do however require more support from the government and the conservatives relentless push to balancing the budget is hurting the military from a standpoint of a severe lack of appropriate equipment as well as the dismantling of veterans’ support structures.
    the world is in turmoil now more than ever please do not let the experience our military gained over 10 years in Afghanistan go to waste as we did in the early 90.

  129. Eleanor GrantFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Stop profiting from the arms trade! On Jan 13 I wrote:
    To the Hon James Moore
    and the Hon John Baird,
    Ministers of Industry and Foreign Affairs: 

    Dear Ministers-

    Is it true that the federal government is:
    – upping the subsidies for Canadian arms manufacturers,
    – investing more staff time at Commercial Corp in brokering Cdn arms exports, in a world with less demand for them,
    – and weakening the controls over arms exports to countries where internal conflict and human rights abuses are known to be occurring (such as Colombia)?

    These statements are made in a recent column in the Waterloo Region Record, by Ken Epps, a longtime researcher on the global arms trade with Project Ploughshares.
    Please see:

    If these facts are correct – and I have no doubt that they are – it should be a matter of grave concern to Canadians. 

    It wastes public money, diverting funds away from industries that would actually create more jobs.  It also contributes to instability around the globe, lessens human security, and further tarnishes Canada’s fading international reputation.

    Why don’t we concentrate on building the equipment we need for Canadian use, such as those much-talked-about helicopters?

    When we can’t even provide for our own legitimate military requirements, why on earth are we going to such great lengths to push weapons around the world?

    Please discuss publicly the ways in which you are changing Canada’s priorities on arms manufacturing and sales.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Eleanor Grant
    Waterloo, Ont.

    cc PM Harper and Opposition Leaders
    cc Opposition critics for Industry and Foreign Affairs
    cc Peter Braid MP
    cc Ken Epps

  130. HowardFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Having recently viewed the most comprehensive and informative explanation of what HAARP is and actually is DOING ( http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/25971.html ), one of my most burning questions has to do with the arrogance and secrecy of the military-industrial complex within which we seem to be so imbedded. I knew of a HAARP facility located and being used by the US military in Alaska (investigated by CBC–Fifth Estate–as well as others), and one in Russia, but this presentation suggests that there is one or more HAARP facilities now in CANADA, as well as perhaps more than 2 dozen worldwide. These secret installations are capable of enormous modifications of world weather, massive ionospheric interference and manipulation, and messing with the earth’s polar magnetic fields. More than just likely, we have been witnessing ‘weather as weaponry’ with recent unusual and massive global weather events. My question is a simple yes or no that will be very telling: “Is the Canadian military involved with and using HAARP technology?”
    Further, our so-called democracy in this nation has deteriorated MOST alarmingly into more of a dictatorship, which is a hard pill to swallow. Our electoral system is hugely in need of re-vamping into some form of proportional representation. I abhor the term ‘govern’ment, as I believe we do not wish to be ‘governed’ by elected officials; we need them to merely carry out the management of the affairs of the people–the people! I also believe the people speak eloquently for the need to return our forces to the realm of peace-keepers and homeland/world humanitarian crisis-responders. I cannot imagine many, if any, citizens of this country actually voting to include Canadians in recent and ongoing wars in anything but peace-keeping roles. My second question, then, is: “Will you support the return of our military to peace-keeping roles both here and abroad?”
    As a final comment in this unfortunately long rant, I’d like our country’s citizens to have the CHOICE in supporting/not supporting military involvement in war, by making this bill a reality: Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko’s Private Members Bill C-363, An Act Respecting Conscientious Objection to the Use of Taxes for Military Purposes. This is now before Parliament. It is so PAINFULLY obvious that our global/country/citizen focus needs to be on healing the planet on all fronts–something that flies in the face of anything–anything–to do with enabling war and further destruction.

  131. Linda TweddellFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    First of all, we need a national discussion on the purpose of our military. Then we have to equip them to fulfill that role. And, we need to support the veterans of our military, both regular forces and reserve forces, and veterans of civilian support roles, peacekeeping roles, and war/NATO roles.
    My preference would be that we have a healthy military presence for coast guard and search and rescue at home, disaster relief at home and abroad, and peacekeeping under UN auspices.
    If those were the roles Canadians wanted our forces to fulfill, we would need search and rescue helicopters, not fighter jets, naval patrol and ice breaking vessels, and bases in northern Canada to serve Canadian needs at home, units like the DART team to serve abroad (and possibly at home), and different sorts of training and equipment for foreign peace keeping and disaster relief. We need to support our wounded and traumatized veterans and their families with easily accessible services across the country.

  132. Jeff BergFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Stephen. We met briefly in 2008. We were both given deputations for Dennis Bevington’s Parliamentary sub-committee on energy. I am also a long time friend of someone you know, Dan Wilson – formerly with the Assembly of First Nations.

    The most cogent, and least controversial, objection I’ve run into on this question came from one of the books in Chalmers Johnson’s trilogy, ‘Tbe Sorrows of Empire’.

    The upshot. Missile defense will result in blowing things up in space. Be it our side or their side. Be it missiles or satellites. The resulting space debris will lead to the destruction of our GPS satellite systems and any other system that currently rely on space based satellites. Also the impossibility of reconstituting those systems.

    Apparently, I am relying on Johnson’s analysis, the amount of space debris that is required to lead to this crippling outcome is very small. And, apparently, we know this categorically from our experiences with the space junk that is already up there. A relatively small amount resulting from non-conflict missions. Relative that is to the amount that would occur should one or both sides of a space conflict decide to start blowing up the other sides satellites. E.g. China decides they can not keep up with our advancing space based weapons technology and so they blow up a few satellites to create the space debris required to take away this advantage. It could even be their own satellites. Just one scenario among the many that an attempt at the militarization of space will generate.

    “Rumsfeld’s influential report got the ball rolling. As already stated, many suspect the real reason for ABM weapons is not to intercept ICBMs, but target other nations’ satellites. “These dual-use weapons are less likely to be employed for missile defense that as a stealthy way to introduce weapons in outer space with the intent on dominating the globe” (Johnson, 2007, p. 232, Sorrows of Empire)

    The following website has a reasonably good synopsis of the kinds of issues that I think might be of help in the argument.


    The benefit of this line of argument is that it looks at the downside of the program if it is successful. I.e. Even if it works it doesn’t give us the outcomes desired.

    There are of course a great many other arguments that can be made as well concerning the viability and expense of such a program.

    In any case. Hope this helps. Good luck on the Hill, keep up the good work.

  133. D.H.February 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    War is really only designed for one thing — for cartels to make money from. They are now running OUT of their riches, so are looking for every conceivable way to recoup it all for themselves. Harper is now a part of this secretive, evil “bully gang,” unabashedly for his own, personal gain. He knows very well what he’s doing, but naturally, will never admit to his deliberate deceit or barbaric nature. (sociopaths *have* no working conscience)

    Canada’s democracy and peacekeeping status has been stripped bare at an alarming rate…yet *not* from any foreign power/country, but right from within the overly-powerful Prime Minister’s Office. Harper HAS to be stopped, and “yesterday.”

  134. JoanneFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    The very fact that I am an educated Canadian and do not know a lot about national security is a symtom of non-transparency in the public inquiry process. Perhaps the federal access to information legislation should be available to the public and the media, so as to expose the true nature of the government wrong-doing. The quality of national security and other important governmental affairs is only as healthy or dysfunctional as the foundations it is built upon, and we as Canadian citizens have the right to know.

  135. Mary MPAFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Dear Steven:
    Thank you for all your efforts, including this one, to speak up and out, for all Canadians.
    Rather than reiterate many wonderful statements before me I will write in point form.
    1. Stop the buildup of Harper’s war machine.
    2. Stop Harper.
    3. Ask for proof that Harper is a Canadian or is he an American or is he Chinese.
    4. Ask the Vets those currently enlisted or resigned, men and women (including gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders) to Stand or Sit in their wheelchairs or Lean on their canes and crutches to march on all capitals; and demand positive constructive change within all factions of the military.
    5. Return all military to Peace Keepers/ NATO. I’m sure the great compassionate PM Lester B. Pearson, is rolling in his grave and we NEED/WANT peacemakers not War Mongers.

    6. To remove Harper from Ottawa and never return. I’m sure he is already on the payrolls of all Oil Corporations and continual demonstrates his abhorance of scientists and nature.

    I am acutely aware of Vets and their struggles, yet, it is our children and seniors, that are far more at risk of starvation, illiteratracy and lack of Heath care under Harper’s abusiveness nature with superior BULLYING skills and tactics that truly concern me.

    I have direct experience with disabled Vets, who on average earn between 4,000 to 6,000 tax free per month, with little to no motivation to return to civilian workplace, where they would pay taxes and contribute to society. The majority not having seen any action. I understand they supported the war effort some as few as 6 to 12 months. yet continue to take and take. There remains a number of Korean Vets who for health reasons, are not being served because there are not enough VET service providers; thanks to Crap upon all Canadians by Harper.

    I pray that this brave soldier who spoke up about the rampant episodes of PTSD, hears you and all Canadians, that you represent.

    Again Steven, thank you.

  136. NancyFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm #


    Dear Senate’s National Security and Defense committee,
    You might like to consider the past Canadian Defense Minister, Paul Hellyer’s youtube, above, called “UFO Disclosure-Canada- Must See!!!” and more of the Disclosure.com youtubes before making any unflattering decisions. Thank you.

  137. Graeme DuncanFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Thank you for your efforts. Ceasefire stands for peace, disarmament and social justice. Peace requires collaboration not posturing, disarmament requires a willingness to step down not spying on our partners, social justice requires compassion for those who are poor, frail, in need not grandstanding over Arctic oil.

    Canada has lost it’s international leadership as peacemakers and peacekeepers. We need to restore this role. It was and should be a defining feature of our nation.

    While most of the world is mired in bureaucratic inaction climate change is seen in military reports around the world as the gravest threat to national security and international relations. Security for Canadians is not dredging out more fossil fuels but security of our air, land and water. We must get back into balance with nature. This is the world we must peacefully share amongst all Canadians and citizens of our precious planet.

    Good luck with your presentation.

  138. JeffFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    to address the route cause of terrorism: global inequality

    All this arms investment is trying to address the symptoms and will never make Canada safe.

    Also, Re Star Wars:
    Really? WHO is shooting missiles at Canada? Are we still in the cold war? Move on.

  139. Michael SiddallFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I was not aware that “star wars” was back on the agenda. I believe this program is a total — and dangerous — waste of money and is primarily designed to benefit the so called “defense industry” with full support of the Pentagon. It’s interesting that the so-called rogue states — Iran and North Korea — both appear to be moving to a less belligerent stance and that should be encouraged, rather than bolstering a hostile response. It’s unfortunate that Harper stands out in his failure to endorse the conciliatory position taken by most other western nations towards Iran. The enormous investment required to develop this dubious missile defense system would be far better spent on measures to help mitigate the conditions in the world that breed hostility and aggresson.

  140. fern walkerFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    We were a peacekeeping country and were recognized as one under Lester B. Pearson.

    We need to lead in disarmament, peaceful negotiation, and social justice.
    No to the manufacturing and selling of arms. No attack planes and ships. No to missile defence.
    We need to establish our country based on “no harm.”

    Fern Walker

  141. Tina FiordaFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    At one time Canada was admired and respected as a peacekeeping nation. As a Canadian, I was proud of this fact. Since Stephen Harper came to power, Canada has lost her peacekeeping status as she became a member of the United States empire of war. Please return Canada to her peacekeeping status and restore our pride in her once again.

  142. Maureen HawkinsFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    So, Harper’s government cannot afford to keep Veterans Affairs offices open, but they can spend millions on a boondoggle. I suppose they don’t get kickbacks from injured veterans. Sen Dallaire has always said he regrets not being able to save the Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. If he puts the money in veteran’s services instead of Star Wars, at least he can save some of the soldiers he commanded there. He and the men he commanded there were peacekeepers in the great Canadian tradition; to be a Canadian, especially a Canadian soldier, was something to be proud of. Harper has destroyed that tradition and turned us and our military into something between a joke and a curse word. Please ask Sen. Dallaire to act now in the same proud and noble spirit that he served in.

  143. Leila LustigFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Is Stephen Harper aiming at world dominion for his religious sect through military might? Rather than emulating the mistakes made by the United States, which has spread its tentacles over the globe and now finds itself deeply in debt thereby, he should return Canada to its peace-keeping role. That is what the world needs, not more weapons.

  144. margaret beresfordFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    There is no peace initiative, that is legitimate when done behind the backs of a country’s citizens. Nearly every measure taken from the creation of CSEC, secret (only from Canadians) bilateral trade deals, 114 Billion Dollar bailout for illegal bank practices, stripping thru our 2013 Budget existing tried and true protective environmental/domestic/economic laws, a new provision to again ‘bailout’ our out of control ‘too big to fail’ banks and a multitude of funding not debated or sanctioned thru normal parliamentary procedures.

    It is a crime to create foreign policies based on erroneous ideologies to hide a long established push of military intervention to profit thru the confiscation of resources belonging to other sovereign countries Therefore, none of the military excursions taken to date by this particular government could or would pass open debate or scrutiny. Canadians would now like these farce positions of rhetoric to cease, so the facts and discussions based on actual realities in the areas questioned,proceed with debate that focuses on proper due diligence under our Constitution. We need to return to our past policies of Peacekeepers, this role, matches our national identity as well as limits our domestic economy could afford while ensuring no undue hardship to any citizen/taxpayer. Above all, Canadians never want to be made complicit in causing the unnecessary death of one of our citizen-vets for any other reason than ‘defense’ against tyranny in real terms, (ours).

  145. bob fearnFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    “War is organized murder and nothing else.” Harry Patch, last World War 1 soldier survivor.

  146. Ahti TolvanenFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    We cannot pretend to espouse a lofty calling to be peacekeepers for the world and continue such hawkish programs as the purchase of the stealth fighters.
    Such purchases are first of all an obscene waste of taxpayers money badly needed to bring up the standard of health care and education in aboriginal
    communities as well as for programs to end child poverty.

    Having such weapons will actually erode what is left of our moral influence as peacekeepers which has been our strongest side in the past.

    Sealth fighters have almost no role to play in peace-keeping which cannot be done by other less wasteful means and where they have been used in Lybia and Afghanistan their weaponry has caused massive death and damage mainly in the form of collateral damage to innocent civilian population.

  147. Susan TremillsFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Dear Steven Staples:

    Please let the committee know that Canada has always been a peacekeeper, not an offensive nation. Senator Dallaire understands this. We need to be involved in real peacekeeping missions and not in thinly-veiled economic missions, like the one in Afghanistan.
    I do not support programs like Star Wars and I want Canada to stand in the fine tradition of peacekeeping started by Lester B. Pearson and upheld by fine people like Gen. Dallaire.
    I also question the necessity of such armament programs when the money needs to be better spent on social programs like literacy, rehabilitation and housing. Moreover, why are we not helping to make peace in areas like the Central African Republic before more massacres take place? That’s one example of where any military forces should be used.
    Thank you.

    Susan Tremills
    Bedford, NS

  148. JocelynFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    I have always been proud to be a Canadian and delighted when I meet people while travelling and working in other countries and see their warm and open smiles when let them know that I am Canadian. However, within only the few short years that Harper has been in charge of our country, we have almost completely lost our credibility and reputation as a country that represents peace; a country that respects and nurtures its incredible and irreplaceable natural environment; a country that ensures safety and respect for its citizens and also a country that is represented by a leader who listens to the citizens that he is responsible for. Harper has single handedly dismantled the fabric of our country, has served ONLY Big Corporations, especially Big Oil at the expense of his citizens hard earned tax payer’s dollars and has promoted his personal project of Tar Sands oil – the planet’s most energy consuming and toxic method fuel production and has done so at a time when global warming has reached an irreversible point where further obstinate movement in this direction places not only Canada but the entire planet in jeopardy; has clandestinely passed completely unacceptable trade agreements which have virtually given away and destroyed our natural environment – all without the knowledge or consent of Canadians. Now, his self-interested agenda is promoting arms manufacture and sales on the international market and attempted purchases of fighter jets and destructive automated drones, while at the same time abandoning his commitment to and the needs of Canada’s Armed forces and abandoning the country’s veterans who have paid so dearly to serve our country when and where they were needed. He is an embarrassment to all Canadians (except those who own the major corporations which drain our country and fill his personal bank account) and has time and again displayed our government on the national and international media as one rampant with corruption, incompetence, fraud, all while blatantly denying any responsibility for these events. Now, on top of his stellar track record, Harper continues to push forward with his plans to waste more Canadian tax payers dollars on more completely unnecessary and dangerous arms, very odd for a country who is not a war with anyone and which has been know as an upholder of peace before the Harper Regime. Best of luck to you. We all need all the help we can get to get that madman out of office ASAP. He is actually not even the legal representative of our country since the Supreme Court of Canada did rule that the last election was indeed tainted with electoral fraud. Why is he still in office, as tainted electoral results should immediately call for a repeal of his status of Prime Minister and call for an immediate re-election, regardless of who committed the fraud.

  149. David BouvierFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Defend Canada’s territorial integrity, especially in the North. Elsewhere,return to Canada’s historic peace-keeping role. Stop buying military hardware that we don’t need and which can only realistically be used to supplement— at our expense— further US imperialist misadventures. Above all,treat with proper dignity and respect all those who, whether rightly or wrongly, have worn the nation’s uniform and put themselves in harm’s way.

  150. Steve PillmanFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    We are veering way off course as a nation. This catering to the Military Industrial Complex must stop. Both my brothers have returned from deployment and I refuse to let them be deployed again. Our soldiers are not defending Canada now. Our military is being used to further a sickening globalist agenda. This has to stop now! I’ve had it up to my carotid artery with our tax dollars being spent to create war and destruction. When our traitorous PM spends our tax dollars on planes and tanks and drones without OUR consent, you know right off the hop that this is a red alert situation. As a taxpayer I DEMAND transparency and accountability from public officials in charge of spending, or in this case, misappropriating public funds. Those who would sell our nation out to the Military Industrial Complex must be held to account and punished for their crimes against Canada!

    • Grant WaldmanFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      Exact Steve! I just met a number of military men who were running the length of Vancouver Island – calling themselves the “Wounded Warriors” to bring awareness to the numbers of military personnel returning from overseas scarred for life with PTSD. These people are receiving ZERO support from the Harper government!! All the Harper government cares about is sending these people off to countries to protect their own self centred interests. The unfortunate reality is that this has been happening since the dawn of time. It is time for the human race to evolve or destroy ourselves!!

  151. Mike BithmaFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Kids here in Canada go to school hungry. Please get the senate to explain to these hungry children why we live in one if the most advanced countries if the world and still feel war is better than peace or health.

    • Grant WaldmanFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      So very true Mike! I also ask: why are people who are appointed by the PM and not voted in by citizens making decisions that impact all of us?? This is NOT democracy….this is Fascism and MUST stop!

      The Military Industrial Complex is still hard at work to support their bottom line and shareholder returns rather than World Peace for our children and their children. We need to SHUT DOWN these corporations that want to destroy us all!!

  152. Alan MacKinnonFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Canada’s role in the world has changed from that of being the “Peace keeping” nation to being warriors fighting for the US of A. Canada needs to get back to the peace keeping role, first by training our troops as policemen who can help people not warriors trained to kill people. We need drones that can be rapidly deployed to disaster areas, ones that can set a 5 gallon jug of potable water in front of a child dying of dehydration, ones that carry food and medical supplies into areas not accessible by road, ones designed to help people not spy on them or kill them. We need to be able to transport relief packages, to any place on the planet at a moments notice. If we are going to spend money on the military lets spend it well, wisely and within Canada, instead of supporting the US Military Industrial Complex as the president of the Conservative Party of Canada seems want to do.

    • Grant WaldmanFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Exact Alan! It is time for our PLANET to turn our swords into ploughshares once and for all! Our time is running out and running out MUCH faster than we realize. Our PM has NOT been representing OUR interests since DAY ONE! It is time for ALL Canadians to recognize that this man ONLY represents corporations whose interests are extremely narrow and very destructive. The time is NOW!!

    • Ann ButtrickFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Excellent idea, Allan MacKinnon!

      Help us restore the shredded reputation of this nation. Deliver, drop, not bombs, but food, medicines and the sorely needed materiel, to sustain life, not the arms we are making for death and destruction.

      This is THE long term solution to a more liveable world. Everyone knows it. We dig our own and others’ graves, for pure greed. Investors are getting the message, finally.

  153. Gail RappoltFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Our wonderful history as peacekeepers and developers of a Culture of Peace has been so badly tarnished by the Harper Administration’s choices and responses that I am not sure it can be redeemed, however it is worth a try. Many people have made knowledgeable and thoughtful comments on how Canada should stop acting like a war-monger and/or purchasing equipment that would only be useful in a military attack. My concern is that we are in danger of losing our soul as a nation.

    It is beyond sad and unconscionable that Canada is wasting money on missiles, submarines and helicopters when we do not have a national daycare program, when our government is trying to strip adequate health care from refugee families and when many of our indigenous people live in the worst kind of third world conditions. These are just a few of the things that any wealthy country with a conscience would be focused on – not on military equipment to harm other people and nations.

  154. miriamFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Once upon a time Canada prided itself in being peacekeepers, peacemakers. We must get back to this original focus and act upon it.

    • Grant WaldmanFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Exact Miriam! This will only happen when we have a party representing its citizens in a Democracy vs. the Tyranny that presently exists. A party that cares far more about us and invests our money back into the social fabric to take care of us rather than shutting down programs that were put in place to protect us – like all the environmental protections that have been removed. It is time for ALL Canadians to wake-up a realize that this Harper government is setting into motion the absolute destruction of our country. There will be nothing left for our children and their children if we do not stop them NOW!!

  155. Maria A franciniFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    1. What does the history of Canada tell us? It started with business interactions, trading and respect among partners. The history of USA shows a violent war against the native people, killing and mutual destruction. Still today the mentality is the same.
    Canada should respect the tradition of its own roots.
    2. Intercontinental ballistic missiles: What is the REAL probability? The REAL danger? The point is to have an effective organization for the prevention of the second missile. The ‘eventual’ first missile will not destroy a nation, it will only require a massive effective response hitting the origin of next missiles and preventing others to be shot.
    It is stated: “ Vice Admiral James Syring of the Navy, calls a “controlled, scripted environment”; the “controlled environment” in statistically absurd. We know from experimental science that the ‘environment” can never be fully controlled. Therefore, some reason for failure will always exist. No point to keep trying, as it is scientifically absurd; ask any real scientist!
    3. Sen. Romeo Dallaire
    “Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership and Action to Prevent Mass Atrocities” Dallaire noted that his family has supported both the Liberal Party of Canada and the Quebec Liberal Party since 1958.
    First of all, Dallaire should be called back as a regular member of the Liberal Party and officially asked for his support.
    4. Conclusion: Canada must be true to its mission as a LEADER FOR PACIFIC SOLUTIONS. SEN. DALLAIRE must be a member of the Liberal Party and support the international pacific interactions with his experience and authority

  156. Glen PetersFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    I long for a time when Canada was a peace keeping nation, for way to long we have followed right wing hawks away from a relatively humane society toward a warrior nation.

    Time to take Canada back from the sociopaths who profit from war.

  157. Erik PedersenFebruary 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Due to a lack of proportional representation in Canada’s electoral system, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives represent only the 24 percent of the Canadian public that voted for them at the last election. Yet they have falsely claimed a mandate to muzzle scientists, curtain funding for scientific research and even block scientific publication itself; to make sweetheart deals with the lobbyists for oil companies, pharmaceutical companies and weapons manufacturers; to promote extremely expensive, ineffective-for-purpose and utterly unneeded weapons procurement such as F-35s, battleships, submarines and military helicopters; to secretly negotiate trade deals that are intended only to benefit plutocrats and multinational corporations and not at all to creatively expand modern ideas of human rights, job safety, fair wages, social benefits like pensions, sick leave, maternity benefits, free health care and environmental protection into other countries — measures that might truly allow these trade deals to provide a “level playing field”; and to promote environmentally dangerous pipelines and rail transport for highly flammable mixtures of bitumen deposits with volatile solvents, instead of building an alternative energy industry based on renewable wind, solar, tidal and geothermal power.

    By all means, if Canada is to have a military, it MUST be dedicated exclusively to the historic purposes it evolved under statesmen like Lester Pearson and to the mandate of supporting honest United Nations peacekeeping efforts, NOT to misguided and destructive wars like the Anglo-American invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan which have cost so many lives and destroyed priceless cultural heritage. Canada should redouble its efforts to strengthen the United Nations and increase its democratic accountability, while resigning from relic alliances like NATO and NORAD. In an era where threats to peace no longer arise from missile systems and atomic bombs, we absolutely should not become involved in supporting or subsidizing the development of complex, obsolete and ineffective pipe-dream ‘defences’ such as the discredited Star Wars anti-missile systems.

    • Paul SchafersFebruary 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

      You’re right on so many points, but the UN is completely corrupt, and is a puppet to the owners of the IMF conglomerate..

  158. David StewartFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    How sad that these discussions are even taking place. How ridiculous that our leaders continue to play into war mongering. Seems to me that we haven’t yet come to grips with a more basic human construct known as the seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. With the possible exception of sloth, lust, and gluttony, the four remaining sins are what drives the war machine. It’s not so much a matter of us against them, but a recognition that human beings of all religious and political persuasions have allowed ourselves to be sucked in to a huge and sinister joke! Walt Kelly’s Pogo said “We have met the enemy and he is us!”
    I expect it’s too much to hope for, but all of this conflict and predilection for human suffering could be eliminated by simple acts of charity.

  159. Louise GouefficFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Read about the badly flawed patriarchal code, it seeds antagonisms among us. My book Breaking the Patriarchal Code, exposes the charade of “man” being the preeminent mind in the species.

    http://www.bullyinginlanguage.wordpress.com describes the core of the code.

  160. Jayne WhyteFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Romeo Daullaire knows the agony of PTSD. As a daughter of a WWII veteran, I know that agony continues into the second and third generations when returning soldiers do not get the help they need. But even better would be to prevent PTSD by building a world of respectful global community, where wealth is NOT fueled by conflict but by creative expression through learning, art, music, poetry and stories, and actions that help peoples to know themselves and understand others. Send our young men and women to other countries to build peace and schools and health facilities and to learn the education and health and social practices of nations around the globe. Heal hurting people and make them agents of well-being. Do not send them to kill and destroy other peoples and civilizations but to uphold justice and hope and healing. Reduce the gap between rich and poor at all levels. Invest in people, not weapons.

  161. Nyla SungaFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I was proud of Canada’s peacekeeping role. No to “Starwars”, no to the increased militarization promoted by the Harper government.
    Peacekeepers only.

  162. T.CarrollFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Let’s return Canada to its Peace-keeping role. No “Star Wars” and ballistic missile systems. Not only from most comments here, but from discussions, I would hazard a guess that is what most Canadians want, and believe in. Let’s help the world get rid of weapons of mass destruction, and stop supporting the USA and other nuclear countries in their out-dated desire to possess and threaten with nuclear weapons. Let’s cooperate and collaborate with other peace-desiring nations to train a system of world-wide peace-keepers, to help the beleaguered and under-funded UN peace-keepers. And re-establish a CUSO or Peace-Corps system to allow Canadians to participate in their own country and abroad in actions that contribute to peace and good will. Let’s stop being pushed by the USA, and certain of our “American-wannabe” politicians, into being what most Canadians do NOT want, that is a war-mongering nation. Let’s stop wasting money on poorly conceived or useless military equipment, and related boondoggles, but properly equip the military/peace-keepers with what they do need. And properly fund and look after our veterans. Let’s support, sign the treaties, and help get rid of cluster bombs, mines, chemical weapons, and other destructive, poisonous mechanisms. And resurrect the closed down scientific/environmental libraries, give them decent funding, and re-instate freedom of speech among scientists. And let’s recognize and support the environment and all its creatures (not just human) which suffer the consequences of war-mongering and the use of weapons. Somehow the environment is almost always ignored, negated, and slides off the table in discussions, yet it is critical to our survival and the Earth’s.

  163. Bill JohnstoneFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    First, Canada needs to reduce commitments to NATO and the U.S., but increase our commitments to the United Nations and its peacekeeping efforts. And second, our government needs to cap and then reduce the spending on our own military-industrial complex.

    Canada gave up peacekeeping way back in the mid-90s. We’ve turned into a belligerent country during the first Bush administration.

    Fifty countries now send more troops on UN peacekeeping missions than Canada does. We’re down below Ghana and Zambia on the list; Bangladesh contributes almost 30 times more peacekeepers than we do.

    Canada’s armed forces have 68,000 people in uniform — and just 60 of them are on peacekeeping missions, last time I looked. The other 67,940 support U.S. and NATO forces. In Afghanistan our glorious Canadian and U.S. troops murdered (depending on who’s reporting) between 8,000 and 27,000 Afghan civilians.

    I grew up as an air force brat; I am proud of my father and of what was once the RCAF. But I don’t know why I should be proud of today’s Canadian armed forces.

  164. C.R. SteinerFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Regarding the Srebrenica Genocide. When will Canada step up and participate in the deliberations at the ICTY? There are witnesses and perpetrators of these crimes in Canada. The genocidal nature of the crime, is denied by Stephen Harper.

    The U.S. Department of State:


    The European Parliament:



    Holocaust denial is not expressly illegal in Switzerland, but the denial of genocide and other crimes against humanity is an imprisonable offence.

    Art. 261bis 1

    Racial discrimination

    Whoever publicly, by word, writing, image, gesture, acts of violence or any other manner, demeans or discriminates against an individual or a group of individuals because of their race, their ethnicity or their religion in a way which undermines human dignity, or on those bases, denies, coarsely minimizes or seeks to justify a genocide or other crimes against humanity […] shall be punished with up to three years imprisonment or a fine.[46]



    I do not agree with the opinion expressed in this article, although these facts are true.

    “The Canadian Prime Minister has put veto on the resolution on Srebrenica in the Canadian parliament. The Congress of North American Bosniaks said yesterday Harper replaced the word “Bosniaks” with “the Bosnian people who were allegedly the subject of genocide”, lowered the number of victims, and replaced the term “genocide” with “the mass killing”.


    This is illegal.

  165. Lyle StaffordFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Peace Keeping, Period.

    Thank you.

    • Donna HallidayFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

      Romeo is one of the good guys, standing up for vets, coming clean about his own PTSD and standing up for child soldiers in addition to his work on exposing peacekeeping during the massacre and staying to bear witness when he could do little else. He has also returned to that country to aid reconciliation.(And filmed it for Canadians) Please acknowledge the man I believe to be a loving soul in your approach to him.

      • Donna HallidayFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

        The Country is Rwanda

    • Michael BallinFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

      As a Canadian citizen who spends time abroad I would like to feel pride in Canada s reputation as an independent,peace promoting country again. I would like to see financial resources devoted to weapons sytems applied to peace keeping and development and the defense of human rights. These efforts would be an investment in our peace and security

  166. Robyn PetersonFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    As the Arctic Ocean warms up, we obviously need to be more and more conscious about protecting our Arctic archipelago. This should not mean some sort of military build-up. But it should involve a thoughtful and co-ordinated approach by various departments and agencies, including the RCMP, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada, Transport Canada, the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Coastguard, and local agencies of various types. In the latter connection we should certainly include indigenous peoples in all our Arctic areas. A question for the Senate committee could well be: What role can and should the Department of National Defence play in co-ordinating and supporting all relevant parties in looking after Canada’s Arctic interests?

  167. PhilipFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Ask Dallaire how his car driving is going and if he’s given in his drivers liscence yet. He is a clear danger to the public.

  168. Janet BerketaFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Since it appears that we cannot afford to look after the health needs of the brave men who have gone to war in the name of our country, it really doesn’t make sense that we can afford to mount a war effort, provide armaments, and – in so doing – create more veterans who need health care we cannot afford. I sense a Catch 22 in here, don’t you?

  169. Dan CarpenterFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    It is a known fact that the strings being pulled for war are far above government in all countries. You are going to talk with a military man about stopping war? That is almost the same as talking to an auto mechanic and convincing him horses are a better method of travel.

    Unless and until the people of this country stop feeding the machines that are playing war games there will never be peace. The American bully next door should stay next door and what they do is none of our business. We as Canadians have gone from a defense military to a war military and we are as bad as the Nazi’s and the USA. We have become another bully in the world. We don’t allow it in our schools but we send the message to our children each day that it is Okay as a nation to bully another country.

    We need to spend the resources on re-training the military from the top down that all human life is equally valuable and go back to natural law of DO NO HARM, PERIOD.

  170. Ed GoertzenFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    The west has to stop supplying mercinaries (our Al Queda) to destablize countries it want to include in its hemogenous global conglomerate.
    The third world war, now ongoing, is about control of peoples minds, and the control of natural resources and patents.

    Finally, the 1% know that there is no shortage of peoplem, only a shortahe of people we love and who love us, on a personal basis.
    The major problem is that 98% of us a re locked into the system which maintains the system put in place by the 1%

    Just like the people in Blovia, who would starve if they could supply the Coke leaves to the refiners

  171. Chris RoseFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I feel Canada should go back to the “Peace Keeping Role” and supporter of the UN. I totally disagree with the stance the Harper Government has advocated in the last 10 years. No Intercontinental weapons etc.!!!!!!!

  172. Nancy DudleyFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Let’s return to Canada’s peacekeeping agenda, with a “No” to war or preparations for war! That means staying independent from the U.S. Their military defense projects, which are not conducive to peace, but, to quote one of the replies above, “immoral, obscene, and unnecessary” should not be supported by Canada. This is a colossal waste of money that could be used for helping the veterans of past wars.

  173. Phil ViaudFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment. The world needs Canada to foster peacekeeping strategies, not to engage in activities that promote aggression and lead to destabilization. I believe that Canadians support this view and would be proud to serve in a peacekeeping role.

  174. Dina LaLicataFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    My wish is for Canada to abolish the military and convert it into a peace corps. This would improve Canada’s image as a peaceful nation. The peace corp’s goal would be to resolve conflicts, instead of joining the fight. Citizens would be more encouraged to join a peace organization than a military operation. We are a peaceful nation and should remain so.
    The world would be a better place if countries would have a peace corps rather than an army. Thank You.

  175. H SpankoFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Massive reduction in staffing at DND HQ.
    Conversion of Canadian Forces to a real DEFENCE force by converting to a militia model that has NO offensive weaponry & few generals.
    No more expensive toys (F135) designed only for WW-III.
    DND budget reduced by 50% in 3 years.

  176. Disgruntled ReaderFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    There’s no big money in negotiation and open dialogue between nations. A show of force is still the military’s preference. Please tell the committee that our money is better spent on Health Care and Education.

  177. Patrick MaloneyFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    This is absurd. The likelihood that North America will ever be threatened by anything warranting this kind of “protection” has been discredited and gets more remote with every passing day.

    It’s just another attempt at a cash grab by the big war machine.

  178. Paul SchafersFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    tell him, he should speak with Paul Hellyer,..

    his solution has nothing to do with needlessly pissing away more taxpayer money. Taxpayer.. how insulting


    but of course we all know that nothing even close to the right course of action will be taken. Let’s just allow them to completely fuck up what’s left of the middle class, so that we will finally rise up and put these criminals where they belong.

  179. Diana van EykFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi, Steven.

    Thanks so much for doing this and for seeking our opinions.

    When I think of defence and what we really need to defend, it’s our environment. The results of climate change are reeking more havoc than anything else.

    So what I’d like to see is money that’s slated to go towards things like star wars go into developing clean technologies. I’d also like to see our federal government divest in military and dirty energy and put it towards developing clean technologies and into the well-being of our citizens.

    If all countries did that, we wouldn’t have wars. Why not have Canada set a great example?

    I know — that’s all pretty pie in the sky, but it’s what I’d like to see.

    I appreciate the difference you’re making.

    All the best,


  180. Jean-Daniel CusinFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    War was invented as a tool of imposition by some people on other people. We are in the 21st Century. Is it not time that we make war illegal, and that we define other means to settle differences?

    Is it not time we put the industrial military complex focused on something else than the creation and advancement of killing machines?

    Lets lead the way to make peace the new normal.

    And one more thing, lets help the creation of a World Court of Human Rights where individuals and groups of individuals can have standing to accuse nations of violations of their human rights when they violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by the UN in 1948.

    Thank you.

    Jean-Daniel Cusin

    • H SpankoFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      War is wealth-by-violence on foreigners, rather than from one’s own citizens.

  181. Pat TrueloveFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Mulinational corporations love big government projects. They love the Olympics; they love giant bridges and tunnels and world’s fairs and space programs. They love anything which requires sudden large transfers of public funds into private hands. Most of all, they love wars and military spending. Not only are the sales incredibly profitable, but they are accompanied by a sense of urgency. A perceived threat demands immediate approval of the expenditure. Any questioning of the need or the propriety of the purchase is viewed as unpatriotic. So governments, especially conservative ones, are highly motivated to release the funds with minimal delay or oversight (which they call “red tape.”)

    Prove to regular Canadians, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that (a) this program even could work, (b) that it is necessary, (c)! that there is a looming catastrophe which can only be averted by this particular scheme, and most importantly (d) that this is not one more public cash grap by a hungry arms industry.

  182. Beverley LambertFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    How about redirecting the countless millions or is it billions into helping veterans of recent conflicts try to reclaim a life, deal with post dramatic stress, and train or retrain for meaningful employment. Not to mention the many vets from previous conflicts still struggling with aftermath of wars they were involved in, and now cut off almost completely from the meagre support that was available.

    • H SpankoFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      No retired general should be paid more than $100K per year as pension.

  183. Marie-Jeanne BlaisFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    M. Romeo Dallaire,
    You were a witness to all the sufferings and killings in the war in Rwanda and because you witnessed it, you know that all the military arms of the world are not the answer for peace and democracy. As a General, your voice needs to be heard. They are now introducing more sophisticated armament like drones and what not. There has to be a better way then using warfare!
    Please let us stop talking about war and focus primarily on peace.

  184. john keelerFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I felt the pulse of the land change when Obama threatened to enter the civil war in Syria. The people refused another war and in Canada the same feeling prevails. Fighting is a last resort and the greater the build up of arms the greater the likelyhood of their deployment. Balistic missils are a defence mechanism left over from the cold war years when we were sold the communist threat ideology and the need for neclear armaments. War is over…it’s far too expensive, against the environment, and we are no longer afraid of the “others”.

  185. Lynn WiltonFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    This government is driving us into financial ruin. The generations that will have to pay for the dismantling of our society and environment will never forgive us if we don’t stand up to the arrogant, irresponsible, bullies who steal from the populace and line the pockets of their corporate cronies. Every responsible society is turning from these approaches … please don’t let Canada be the last to wise-up.

  186. George MeierFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Some suggestions:
    Place a moratorium on high-cost equipment procurement. No new tanks, planes, drones etc.
    Have an annual budget with cost of living increases. Strict adherence to a budget so that military planners can work within the allotted funds.
    Initial increase in pay for our armed forces to keep our best people. They have been chronically underpaid for years.
    Immediate increase and improvement in veteran support and infrastructure.
    Re-assess the role of our armed forces- consider increasing disaster relief and support capabilities in preparation for the challenges of global warming and disasters like Lac Megantic, oil spills, earthquakes, severe storms, logistical support, .
    Use the bright minds of our military (all ranks please) to create solutions and technology for the future challenges. Set aside funding for training and research within the armed forces.

  187. maggieFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    We humans need to ask Questions? and find out where the source of all this Violation against Humanity and our environment is really coming from.??? Our air, water, food, Climate is at risk. WHY AND HOW is this happening ,,,what is really going on and who is pulling the strings.,., look deep and ask Questions ,thanks for all your work Steven

  188. PAMELA MORDECAIFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    There may be a role for the military: in peacekeeping, in disasters and emergencies, and in building skills and discipline in young people. (That’s of course if the military behave as one expects them to behave, but that’s another matter.) Peacekeeping has been Canada’s traditional role, and helping in disasters. Sadly, Canada is now oiling the war machine at great expense while we cut social programs, ignore the plight of aboriginal peoples, dismantle scientific research, and cut services to veterans. (To ignore the violence that those in combat suffer to their physical persons and their psyches is especially irresponsible.) To spend taxpayers’ money on killing people because you style them your enemies is not the way to security. As for making money out of war by, among other things, selling arms to despicable regimes, as one person here has said, that’s simply evil. It’s true there may well be hundreds of World Trade Tower incidents waiting to happen. To avoid them and achieve ‘security’ (which is one big argument nowadays for increased military spending), we need to promote mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples. This had for a long time been Canada’s contribution, but not any more. We need to go back to the good we are good at. We must use our resources to better the well-being of all earth dwellers, at home and abroad. As Martin Luther King Jr said, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or we are going to perish together as fools.”

    • Alice ThomsonFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      I agree with EVERYTHING you said Pamels , We do NOT want to follow the US to War. we are the Peacekeepers and need to stay there. We also need to have a Govt who LISTENS to what we say, and does NOT DICTATE. this closing Veterns facilities (and their pay probably) DISGRACEFULL. and Closing our Mail service to the dreaded boxes. I am 80 and i for one will not go thru drifts to get my mail in Winnipeg.We also need to KEEP People working, closing down jobs is not a good way to treat people who have families to take care of. How about he stops spending our money on War toys, and get us back to a decent safe life for our Families AND grandchildren

      • H SpankoFebruary 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

        Beware of being sucked into a political/military role (e.g. Libya) under the guise of “Peace-keeping”.
        Remember, it wasn’t too long ago when these guys worked for the Ministry of WAR; that was before Orwellian BS (aka advertising) took over.
        How long before they become the Ministry of PEACE?

  189. Kirk GalbraithFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Our main focus should be on how we finance everything. Pre 1971, The Bank of Canada funded all infrastructure, Heath Care, etc INTEREST FREE! We were then hoodwinked by the international banksters to borrow from them at interest. (see John Perkins Confessions of an Economic Hitman). This created debt slaves of us all. See former Canadian Defense Minister (Paul Hellyer.com) on why we do not want to follow the psycopath leaders like Bush, Chenney, and Kissenger. Also former Irac soldier Ken Okeefe interviewed on Sophie.com delivers an excellent speech on why we do not want to continue to expand the wealth of the elite banksters and their private corporations at the expense of human life.

  190. Ray EgertonFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    What happened to Canada’s reputation as a peace-loving nation? Have Canadians no pride?

  191. Elaine HughesFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    A-h-hah! THIS is where Harper is putting the $36 billion he’s cutting from our health care transfer funds, starting the end of March!!

    Such a ‘Bush’ thing to do . . . .

  192. Gerry FieldingFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Canada has to stop following an American model for it’s military. The danger and expense of a ‘Star Wars’ program is not justifiable. Our ‘peace-keeping’ efforts in Afghanistan have become wartime ‘counter-insurgency’ practices and pro-military propaganda can be seen everywhere. I believe our defence spending should be slashed. But it’s not just money – it’s also the ‘brainwashing’ that happens in boot camp. How can anyone be a rational human being after going through that?

  193. GeraldFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Simply… Canada needs to take a giant step back from becoming part of the USA war machine. We still have an opportunity – and on behalf of all humanity, an obligation – to set an example for peace, TRUE democracy and human rights. Ramping-up our fighter jets and Star Wars missile inventory is exactly the wrong direction for our great nation.

    • Elaine HughesFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm #


      The more entangled we become in the American killing tactics, the longer will become the memories of the parents of those kids we help kill, eh?

  194. Jason SokolowskiFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Can we just include the lesson we want our children to know. How to act in a way that we can be proud of and usually that means taking the high road and being the better person by understanding and not lashing out.

  195. Garry WorthFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Steve—-many good comments already posted here—not much more to ad.
    BUT when one looks behind many of the conflicts in the world you will always see clear signs of CIA involvement. Even tho the cold war is over and the USA is in a state of decline they still desire world domination of their military might. The Ukraine and Venezuela are examples of that today.
    Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars was just another example of the propaganda machine in action that was/is funded by the US defence industry.
    Not sure how you talk about this in your comments but keep it in mind. Givem hell Steve.

    • Paul WhittakerFebruary 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      The game has not changed much. fund the opposition with money and advise, until they become too vocal for the government to ignore and then sit back and watch the lot implode, most of South America Haiti 2-3 times, add Ukraine. Paul.

  196. Antonio ARTUSOFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Canada, with the other powers of the imperialist bloc lead bay the United States and the European Union,
    – is violating International Law by doing what Fascist powers did in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, and then the United States and its allies during the Cold War (6 million civilian victims in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao, millions of civilian victims by supporting the UNITA terrorists in Angola, Mozambique, Guiné-Bissau, Cabo verde, the genocide of the Left in Latin America (the Condor Plan), Asia and Africa:

    Canada is now invading, occupying and plundering sovereign countries, committing (1) crimes against peace; (2) crimes of war; (3) crimes against humanity in all its foreign policy and military operations: Palestine, etc.

    We demand the immediate withdrawal of Canada from NATO.

    Antonio Artuso – Communist Reconstruction Canada – pueblo@sympatico.ca

  197. Karl MaierFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Absolutely point out the NY Times article, and refer back to the F35 fiasco as well. Cite support from other military personnel if you can. You already do this work so well.

    These unbelievably expensive US military projects are as immoral, obscene and ineffective (and unnecessary) as the invasion of Iraq. Canada should stay out of them, for the same reasons.

  198. JoshuaFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Smedley Darlington Butler exposed Wall Street Bankers’ efforts to work with politicians in order to profit from weapons production, war and killing machines. His book WAR IS A RACKET was written in 1935 and is a necessary read. Enjoy and best of luck!

  199. EZFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Canada should not be blind to Israeli occupation, murders and oppression of Palestinians.
    We should not supply armed vehicles to Saudi Arabia, they will go to Al Quaida in Syria.
    We should be taking an independent path, instead of subservience to the US.
    We should be speaking out about the illegal drone murders by the US.

  200. Maria HeynenFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    let us not forget the disastrous intervention in Libya; Canada’s military played a big role in it, followed up by this pompous ceremony later on to honor them, which made us one million dollars poorer.
    Such great comments you received! Indeed NO to Starwars and YES to peace and disarmament.

  201. John CorsigliaFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    During early Canada’s fur trade years, First Nations, French, and Anglo-Scot traders interacted and competed for territory and the benefits of trade. At the time of the “Riel Rebellion” the Americans offered the use of their new Gatling gun to Ottawa. This hardware was supposed to eliminate First Nations resistance to Ottawa’s authority and free up Metis lands and resources for Anglo-American settlement. While it may have done some of this to some degree, it also created more than a century and a half of distrust and separation between First Peoples and Ottawa. Did the costs outweigh the benefits? What has been the cost in blood and treasure for bringing this shiny bit of American technology to Canada? The unthinkable cruelty and butchery provided by the machine gun has been a curse upon the earth ever since and the destruction of trust and good relations between Anglo government and First Peoples remains a totally unnecessary fact of life in Canada. We can be smarter. We can try to help the world search for the wisdom we need to stop stupidity and cruelty. How to do it? We need leaders and thinkers who are beyond knee-jerk nationalism to come together and work on the rediscovery of wisdom. If there can be co-operation and fair minded competition at the Olympics, there can be co-operation and fair-mindedness in connection with our enjoyment of resources and respect for both the environment and each other.

  202. MaryAnneFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Steve, thanks for speaking up for us.
    Many Canadians are very discouraged that their government no longer pays any attention to their pleas.
    Personally I want a Canada that stands for Peace and Cooperation .
    I see continued spending on fear based ideas . So much is spent on weapons of mass destruction that the people in our country are suffering as a result.
    Constant cutbacks to essential services so you can build more weapons is not acceptable to us.
    Destroying other countries people and environment with these weapons is more than uncacceptable.
    Let’s fix what is broken here.

  203. Peggy OliveFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    How much do fear and growing insecurities in our rapidly changing world drive the war agenda? These need to be balanced by common sense and the return of Canada to a peace-keeping role. This is needed now – even more in the coming years.

  204. Morris Givner,Ph.D.February 22, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    It is totally unacceptable that the Canadian Government is ready to spend at least 35 billion hard earned Canadian dollars for purchasing the F-35 fighter aircraft without any known enemy in sight.
    Why don’t they spend the money on providing free university tuition to all young people interested and capable of an higher education. Instead the current approach is to burden our young people with horrendous debts at time of graduation in order to make our banks richer and who turn a blind eye to the Canadian super rich and corporations who deposit in the trillions in offshore banks in order to avoid all taxes. It is disgraceful that our federal politicians stupidly watched as all meaningful jobs were transferred to Asia in a vain attempt to satisfy unbridled corporate greed.Our free trade agreements have denied viable futures for our young people and denied our unemployed self respect,made food banks the only growth industry in Canada and have countless homeless sleeping outside and lying on heat from street grills in order not to freeze to death-see Toronto’s homeless at night.Canada’s politicians deserve lead but not gold metals for denying millions of our citizens decent paying jobs and converting us into a nation of paupers.Shame,Shams,Shame!!!

  205. Cheryl TardifFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Our military needs to be part of peace keeping and humanitarian aid! We do not need to be in involved in Star Wars or planet wars!

  206. Mary GrohFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Think how much more secure we would be in Canada and USA and in many war-torn countries if our resources of money and brains were put into seeking how to resolve conflicts between people and societies. We need to stop relying on a scientific/technological fix, which pours endless taxes into the coffers of people who are interested in keeping the fear of enemy attacks and terrorism alive, because that’s how money keeps flowing into their pockets.

    Genuine concern about poverty and states’ dysfunction and the threats and results of climate change on a global scale are the issues which the government of Canada should be focused on; and if they were, the whole issue of intercontinental ballistic missiles would fade away.

  207. Charles DegutisFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Thank you for your decades of service to your country and fellow citizens General. Based on your extensive professional and personal experience what is REQUIRED to fulfill our duty to our veterans? What kit is actually required by our troops – winter parkas for cadets, say – and what parts – cancelled trucks, fancy single engine jets, anti-missile boondoggles, photo ops, can the rest of the defence department do without?

  208. Dave HughesFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    It seems to me that a discussion of the Canada/U.S. ballistic missile defense program is a 20th century response to a 21st century threat to state security.
    Modern assaults will not be missiles. Global computer hacking is the real threat. An idea that is beyond the comprehension of the geriatric Senate.

  209. JasminFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    That weaponization and a stance of attack and having a standing army is unCanadian. The increased militarization does not reflect the views and opinions of Canadians as a whole. They are not representing their people, the are representing themselves. It’s time they acted like the representatives they claim to be and give peace the chance we all want.

  210. Ed DeakFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Wealth is the temporary control of energy.
    Wealth can not be created only taken from others, the environment and future generations

    We live, and have always lived, in a so called “competitive societies” designed an promoted to take certain values from and enslave others in the service of history’s ruling sectors. Wars are the ultimate forms of economic competition for energy control Until humanity accepts economic theories based on cooperation, the democratic supply of the needs and not the demands of all, instead of “competing” to take away the survival needs of others, wars will always be praised and promoted as ultimate degrees of heroism, instead of the reality of ultimate stupidity and criminality.

    All societies consider murders the ultimate crime and then put people into uniforms give weapons in their hands and urge them to kill others in different uniforms, calling it heroism .

    I was a 17 year old private in the Hungarian army at the end of WW2. Wounded by a mortar shell. The war ended by the time I recovered in a primitive German field hospital in Austria. Volunteered as an orderly and held the legs of about a hundred victims as they were being amputated and reamputated, the vast majority for frostbites, accident, landmines and the lack of healing foods. Not for any heroic actions.

    So I know the reality of what what war is like, its ultimate criminality, stupidity and consequences.

  211. KimFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    War is not the answer. Give peace a try!!!!

  212. Harry PopoffFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    The government chose to cut the few high priced help (psychologists, socialogists, psychiatrists) with a lower paid uneducated clerk to deal with the problems of our Vets.

  213. Richard RenshawFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Steven: Please encourage Canada to change its approach to world security away from military muscle and agression and much more toward buiolding conditions for dialogue among beligerants. Above all, from a military point of view, Canada should return big-time to the UN peacekeeping role. (I say peace-keeping (- rather than the other – very deliberately.)
    In this respect I speak for Pax Christi-Montreal.

  214. Stephen O'NeillFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    How about a “war against war”? Take most of the money that we use to buy war equipment and put into equipment that could be used for peace and emergency responses in Canada and around the world. Use some of the money that has been earmarked for war equipment and direct it towards improving the homes and quality of life for families in the Armed Forces. Focus on the needs of Veterans as it seems this government has basically deserted them.

  215. Michael BelangerFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Canada needs to be represented on the world’s stage as has been done in the past. Our troop’s best represented this country as peace keepers and as a Country we were very highly respected for that role. Whether it is in the U.N. or as negotiators or for a far off conflict(s), our country was turned to for its fairness, democracy and our ability ‘to do what is right and just’. Notwithstanding, we did actively participated in the ‘Great’ and other wars when it was clearly needed and did not skirt our international responsibilities in time of need and when the reasons were clear and just. Today we readily send our troops to fight in ‘skirmishes’ and more on a whim for causes that appear to be based on other reasons rather than for any ‘ideals’ that our country stands for, or has stood for as in the past. To me, this has gravely tarnished our international reputation and Canada needs to clearly work on repairing that reputation going forward. If we continue to support wars and conflicts as a ‘first option’ we will not be seen as a nation to turn to by other nations in times of real need. Canada should give ‘peace a chance’ and not only because it is the right thing to do but because this is ‘who we are’.

  216. thomas ackermannFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    The Sister Megan Rice Statement to the Court is attached to a video i made on Youtube:

  217. thomas ackermannFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I have been trying to submit Sister Megan Rice’s address to the US Court that sentenced her to 35 months in Jail for her peaceful protest at the ILLEGAL Y-12 Nuclear bomb making govt. facility at Oak Ridge TN.
    Is it too long? Please post it!

  218. Dalton JantziFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    My sentiments echo those of another respondent above – Phyllis Carpenter (see above). I agree with her whole-heartedly and cannot express it more effectively than she has. LET US INVEST IN PEOPLE AND IN THE THINGS THAT ALL HUMANS REQUIRE. All nations will benefit.

  219. michaelFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    stop existing leave people alone….

  220. thomas ackermannFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    I tried to submit but it’s not showing up?

  221. Richard PrestonFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    National security begins at home, with an informed, confident populace in support of a representative government. This is presently at risk in Canada, as people lose faith in their relationship with government. We are not nearly so detached as Ukraine, Egypt, Bosnia, Cambodia and other nations, but there is a common process here. It is the realization that government statements to the populace are contrived plausibilities, not truth-telling. We now expect that secrecy, including calculated deception, is a part of political presentation. Attack ads are in this sense a small but pernicious parallel to the WMD claims that led to the Iraq war, Al Queda claims that led to war in Afghanistan, Security Council intransigence that led to …

  222. Gail HollingerFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    No amount of arms for defence or aggression have ever created PEACE, not in our thousands of years of history. If we are in fact honestly wanting PEACE it is time to let go of our old ideas, and get out of the box of our past thinking and take a whole new trajectory.
    Perhaps education and fair resource distribution would be a better use of funds. That will not stop the current megalomaniacs that are in power but it will decrease their strength; and a brave new generation will think differently and with a greater awareness of community and global responsibility.

  223. Emmanuel SeitelbachFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    And also get China and Japan to resolve their island dispute…

  224. John CorsigliaFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Canada was long respected as the trustable “Keeper of the Peace”. We don’t have
    to behave like the bullies in order to be feared––better to be respected. For centuries there was profitable trade between French, Anglo, and First Peoples–until someone brought in an American company with it’s untried Gatling Guns to prove their effectiveness on the Metis at the time of Louis Riel. This kind of butchery destroyed the possibility of trust between Ottawa and the First Peoples–maybe forever. The world still has some respect for Canada as a nation of sensible people, diplomats and Peace-keepers–we do not have to squander this so that we can affect an un-natural Hollywood swagger.

  225. j angellFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    It is time to give peace a chance

  226. Penelope BahrFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    So many of the above have expressed my thoughts well, particularly Connie’s ‘oversimplification:’

    “Governments are the ones capable of spending big money and squandering the very resources which could help their citizens achieve solutions and contentment. After deploying the weapons for a few years, there is tremendous loss of life, depletion of resources, an increase in problems from destroyed housing and infrastructure and environmental destruction reducing food production capabilities.”

    and Phyllis Carpenter’s :

    “Under the current government Canada has gone astray from values that were what made Canada great and rspected in the eyes of the world. Peace before war, mediation before attack, caring for others before “to Hell with them”.

    I am truly distressed by what Canada has become under my generation’s watch. Look at what we are leaving our children and grandchildren. I no longer feel proud to call myself Canadian, but defensive; no use to wear a maple leaf when travelling now!

    Drones and all these remote killing devices are truly horrific tools of the power hungry. I do not want Canada to be the ‘best’ or the ‘biggest’ or the ‘most powerful’; I want her to be a haven of peace. If we must have armed forces, let them be defensive & supportive during natural disasters nationally, and peacekeepers internationally. Let us spend our tax dollars morally and ethically and work towards self-sufficiency. There is no need to attack Canada, all foreign nations would have to do is cut off our food and technology supply!

  227. Terry MauriceFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    The military mind has taken over rational thinking, worldwide. The waste of human energy, resources and the degradation of the well being of people on this earth has resulted from wasteful and needless spending on all branches of the military. Those who profit from this “war tax” of the people are largely to blame for the ever escalating state of war. We create our own enemies by the reckless way we spend our national wealth on weapons of war and where we choose to implement these weapons. This is and has been the way of the USA for many years and has been increasingly become the way in which our Canadian governments have chosen to go as well. It is time to put a stop to this madness. We have money for weapons and wars, but we are told we do not have money to spend on healthcare and those things that would contribute to the well being of Canadians and benefit us a a nation. This is utter rubbish! We continue to spend money we don’t have on weapons that we do not need. It is time to think about how we can foster peace a better understanding among nations and cultures on this planet, before we destroy the very thing that we mistakenly think we are protecting by all the military spending.

    • Ian SimpsonFebruary 22, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      I would emphasize that this is 2014. The 100 year anniversary of perhaps the most stupid, unnecessary and awful war ( for the soldiers at least ). Arms races seem to inevitably lead to Military Chief’s wanting to use them. War does not solve the causes and conditions that start them. Urge the Senate committee with all your skill and force to start to reverse Canada’s bowing down to USA policy. I trust you will have good support from General Dellaire. Ian S.

  228. Richard BernierFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Je crois qu’il est temps pour les pays développés de considérer la
    création d’une organisation mondiale de l’espace pour lutter conjointement
    contre nos véritables ennemis , la détérioration de notre environnement et de sa biosphère , la pénurie d’eau , de nourriture
    et de plusieurs matières premières. Il nous faut développer ensemble
    les énergies renouvelables et faire une meilleure gestion de notre usage de l’énergie et recycler davantage nos déchets de toutes
    sortes. Il nous faut faire l’éducation à des valeurs coopératives qui
    rapportent à tous et moins faire l’éloge de la compétition qui mène
    trop souvent au désastre et ne rapporte qu’à une minorité. Une Organisation Mondiale de L’Espace pourrait aider à transformer une économie de guerre en une économie écologique , technologique et pacifique sans nous entraîner dans une spirale de dépenses qui ne fait
    que rendre ce monde encore plus fragile . Il faut nous liberer du
    vieux dicton qui dit ” Qui veut la paix prépare la guerre.” et le
    remplacer par un nouveau qui dirait ” Qui veut la paix prépare la paix car il n’y as pas d’avenir sans la paix “.
    Les gouvernements du monde entier sont-ils prêts à faire ce
    changement de direction ? Le temps nous est compté.

  229. Patricia SamsonFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Negotiation using an understanding of history, compromise, tolerance and patience is the only path to peace. Words not weapons. The tough grind of finding commonalities and not inflicting judgment is an art which is too easily forgotten as it is not easy.
    No one wins in wars, there is only bitterness underlying the physical and emotional hurt on both sides which is a generational wound -so easy to be repeated.
    For the world to advance, we need to invest in the basics – clean water, food, shelter and education for everyone- Canada was the leader in peacekeeping with the Blue Berets. They were not the answer, but provided hope to wartorn countries and saved lives. They also gave Canadians a source of hope and pride that the tax money was being used for prevention while negotiations could be initiated.
    Canada should lead the way in the art of peacekeeping and negotiation.

  230. j.G. MathesonFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    If Senator Dallaire is to have any creditability in any matter whatsoever, he must first resign from that leacherous body

  231. sandra stephensonFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    We have no more interest in sharing BMD with the US than we did in 2004.

  232. Ellen ChambersFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Canada is selling weapons to OPPRESSIVE, foreign regimes like Thailand. We have an arms dealers right here in the midst of my community who is authorized to sell arms to the Royal Thai Army. This Royal Thai Army has a history of atrocities. BIG BUCKS are made selling weaponry. Once sold to foreign regimes, these weapons tend to be used for purposes other than defense. I am disgusted that my country engages in arms dealing and meddling into the affairs of foreign countries. Canada’s “fake” humanitarian mission into Libya has destabilized that country and 40,000 to 50,000 civilians were killed. Canada MUST STOP participating in the arms trade.

  233. Loriann AuswaldFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Thank you for your wisdom, action and integrity to support PEACE and humanitarian causes; now and in the future.


    Loriann Auswald

  234. John E ParryFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Steven, I think your letter shows the view and the way you will present, and I can only urge you to be VERY “forceful’, pardon the pun.

    The U.S. clearly wants Canada to be a vassal state, while accepting that status for itself as to Israel.

    Harper is also openly working for that, and Canada needs to reverse course and re-assert itself as a sovereign, INDEPENDENT nation.

  235. John Duddy.February 22, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    The first thing we need to do is expose the real terrorists who brought us 9/11, 2001.

    Recently I sent this email to the PM and to my MP, Joan Crockatt.

    Dear Prime Minister, please have your staff, RCMP and CSIS research this link.


    John Duddy.

  236. Helen RiordonFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    My thoughts are that Canada needs to regain our reputation as a Peacekeeper. We need to focus only on our peace keeping role. I would like to see us work with the UN organization to maintain peace throughout the world. Our military could also focus on helping with humanitarian disasters such as floods, ice storms, hurricanes and tornadoes. I do not want us to be involved in any way in these Star Wars like preparations. If you asked the question to our population, I believe that the majority of Canadians would agree that Canada should focus on our peace keeping role.

  237. Emmanuel SeitelbachFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Instead of creating another expensive defense system, fight against the threat at the source not at the destination:
    – Make sure the Iran talks lead to a genuine guaranty that Iran will never produce a nuclear missile.
    – Advocate for the creation of WMD free zones in all regions of the world. Bring the Middle-East peace talks to a conclusion as a prerequisite.
    – Continue the mutual disarmament between the US and Russia (START).
    – Bring the North Korean regime to its knees (not sure how, ask China to stop cooperation).
    – On the receive side, improve the already existing technology rather than develop new one, for cost saving: Arrow III, David’s Sling, Magic Wand, Iron Dome.
    – Spend the defense money in poverty alleviation, increase foreign direct investments in Africa.
    – Disrupt the global Jihad funding by fighting against illegal drug trafficking in the Western world. Support the farmers in Afghanistan, Laos, Burma, Columbia…

  238. Susan VermetteFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Please encourage all departments of the Canadian government and her people to promote and study PEACE and Disarmament in every way possible. Heal the Ecology and mend the Poverty with our resources. Thank you.

  239. Margi CorbettFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    It is irresponsible to invest in any study of a ballistic missile defence program that is prohibitively expensive, unnecessary, and that has already been proven unsuccessful 50% of the time. Surely Canada is smarter than that.

  240. Wendy AndrewsFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    We must ALL strive for peace. Purchasing (MORE) weapons is NOT the way to accomplish this. I see only harm generated by the proposed purchases.
    Thank you for taking a stand for all of us, as Canadians! I believe everything that you have stated is true!

  241. James HouseFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Peace is the way. Weapons proliferation is the road to wars, human rights abuses and degradation of fundamental human values. We have to be the change.

  242. Bob StuartFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Anything we do in co-operation with the U.S. military these days reduces our sovereignty. If there are training exchanges, we should initiate and command half the time. However, the U.S. is bent on military dominance of the world, where Canada is historically the champion of diplomacy and peace, which is what people vote for. Even the Nazi were realistic about deliberately tricking their soldiers into joining. Switzerland does it right – not too hard to invade, but impossible to occupy. These days, it looks as if the U.S. has sold Alberta to China, while the Canadian forces have been busy cooperating with Americans as our gift, or tribute, to them.

  243. Raymonde MartineauFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Je suis tout à fait d’accord avec le commentaire de Phyllis Carpenter concernant le fait que le Canada, sous le présent gouvernement, s’est éloigné des valeurs qui ont fait de lui un pays respecté sur la scène internationale. Le Canada devrait mettre davantage de ressources humaines et financières dans tout ce qui peut contribuer à la paix: résolution de conflits, médiations, missions de maintien de la paix,etc. L’armée devrait être davantage formée pour cela que pour jouer les fiers-à-bras, les va-t-en guerre avec des équipements sophistiqués. Au lieu de critiquer les Nations Unies, le Canada devrait appuyer ses efforts pour régler les conflits, comme il l’a fait pendant tant d’années.

  244. ConnieFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Maybe I am oversimplifying the problem but it seems to me that the conflicts in the world today are mostly due to disgruntled citizens unhappy with their own governments. The governments try to solve the unrest by either fighting their own citizens or by fighting other governments who complain that they are abusing their own citizens. Governments are the ones capable of spending big money and squandering the very resources which could help their citizens achieve solutions and contentment. After deploying the weapons for a few years, there is tremendous loss of life, depletion of resources, an increase in problems from destroyed housing and infrastructure and environmental destruction reducing food production capabilities. But the crux of the situation is that the citizens remain polarized and unhappy and the initial problems are not solved. Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Egypt etc. all seem to have achieved very little. They have not made their countries better for their citizens but have increased their problems and hope for a prosperous future.
    Buying weapons is a waste of money which could be spent solving the problems identified by the citizens in the first place. I am against military spending.

  245. Louise LefebvreFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    C’est le temps maintenant de construire et non de détruire…Les guerres n’offrent rien de constructifs et de positifs. La guerre tue des corps mais pire elle tue les âmes.
    Toute la destruction née de la guerre a comme conséquence de vider la planète de ses matières premières. Il est temps de faire la guerre à la pollution et à la bêtise humaine. Alors seulement on pourra parler de monde meilleurs!

  246. Robin CollinsFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    1. Canada should get back in the peacekeeping game. Polls show it is wildly popular, it is in high demand, and it can be refocussed towards the internal conflicts that today dominate the landscape.
    2. Canada should champion a UN Emergency Peace Service: a UN standing rapid deployment military, multidimensional, permanent standing capacity. This would reduce the need for the proliferation of national militaries and deter gross human rights abuses.
    3. Canada should tie procurement more closely to policy goals; we should be looking ahead at least 25 years. If Canada is to help in CAR, South Sudan and elsewhere, what tools do we need most?
    4. Canada needs to assess what went right and what went wrong in the R2P mission in Libya in terms of authority, rules of engagement and post-intervention peace-building.

  247. mary gauthierFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I agree with the above comments. There is no way to Peace. Peace is the way.
    I trust you will know what to say, as we don’t need any more wars. O that we would respect each other and protect our earth. War destroys the earth as well as humans.

  248. Marie LloydFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Canada is not now, nor ever has been, under attack from a foreign nation. This is not because we have superior weaponry- nor will we ever achieve “weapons parity” with many other nations, though we could sink a large fortune into buying various systems soon to be outdated for invading and killing other people .

    On the contrary, we won the Nobel Peace Prize for our military peacekeeping work. Canada formerly gained respect for our young slodires’ labour and courage in keeping peace where possible, not for intimidating shows of force. Our recent Afghanistan intervention: costly, murderous, alienating to many Afghani citizens, and supportive of a leader who has now been negotiating with the Taliban and forwarding schemes to brutalize Afghani women.
    Truly stupid, this latest “enterprise”,and at a time when Canada needs jobs-including peace keeping missions- for its young citizens. Let these youth shine once more with the bravery of young people protecting their fellow humans. Let us commit to fund this well, and let us lead other nations in so doing.

  249. Michael WebbFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Sovereignty and security are one and the same.

    Canada must pursue an independent course on security and carefully maintain its sovereignty. Side deals with the U.S. to allow their troops onto our soil and other “co-operative” ventures that involve sharing data and exchanges of high-ranking personnel should be strictly limited.

    There should be co-operation but not integration. Canada’s interests are hers alone when it comes to domestic security. We do not need foreign military or “intelligence” personnel in positions where they can direct actions or have access to high-level information on Canadians or legitimate organizations in Canada.

    And at home, we need more civilian oversight for all activities of our military and spy agencies.

    One last thing: “adventures” in other countries, whether they be military or intelligence-based, must be vetted through Parliamentary debate that includes all parties in the House.

    And I agree that peace should be the top priority in all interactions with other nations.

    • John LangstonFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      As Michael Webb wrote, “Canada must pursue an independent course on security and carefully maintain its sovereignty. Side deals with the U.S. to allow their troops onto our soil and other “co-operative” ventures that involve sharing data and exchanges of high-ranking personnel should be strictly limited.”

      I believe that most Canadians rue the day the country’s role of Peace Keeper changed to that of War Monger. Emphasize to the Senate Committee that our role should return to that of Peace Keeping. There is nothing to be gained by sabre-rattling or worse.

  250. Moses IngramFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    We must learn from history. War is never the answer and we should be involved in peace keeping and humanitarian issues only.

  251. Amy QuinnFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    The idea of spending so much money on this kind of defense without even trying to negotiate anything that is on the table is absurd. Canada’s priority should be working with the UN and stabilizing it’s relations with other countries and helping other countries on the human rights front. For Canada to take a military stance puts the whole world order at risk. For years Canada was a leader in negotiations, peace keeping and offered a balance view to serve as leadership role. It seems that we are now immediately drawn to the military action stance and that can raise ire of the other nations. Violence begets violence, a calm, clear vision of peace keeping with human rights in mind is what we should be offering up to the world now more than ever. It’s a small planet and it’s getting smaller everyday, Canada can once again lead in peace and harmony. The work that Joe Clark, Stephen Lewis and others did at the UN is not lost on Canadians or others in the world. Those people and how they negotiated did make and still do make a difference.

  252. Cynthia MendozaFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Dear Steven,

    Please appeal to Gen. Dallaire on behalf of my young students, whose future we are determining through our actions today.

    “The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. How much longer must we play at deadly war games before we heed the plaintive pleas of the unnumbered dead and maimed of past wars?”
    — Martin Luther King, Jr., “The Casualties of War in Vietnam”, Feb 25, 1967, The Nation Institute, Los Angeles

  253. Phyllis CarpenterFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    “Star Wars” weapons were insane when Reagan suggested them when he was president and are still insane today. Under the current government Canada has gone astray from values that were what made Canada great and rspected in the eyes of the world. Peace before war, mediation before attack, caring for others before “to Hell with them”. The U.S. ballistic missile defence program is another attempt at world domination. That the U.S. is our neighbour needs to be re-examined. They are on a course that breeds hatred, murder, profiteering, and contempt for the truth: Everything that Canada was not. Canada does not need to follow their path to a violent and inevitable destruction.

  254. JoanFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    I definitely agree with all the above statements – and find it difficult to fathom why some still can only see war as an answer!!!

  255. Frances Moody-CorbettFebruary 22, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    ‘Star Wars’ would be a huge mistake. The potential for an accident is enormous and the consequences would be unprecedented. Given the lack of support for research by the government it is clear they would not do the necessary research to investigate openly the pros and cons of this approach to defence.

  256. Brenda MacLauchlanFebruary 22, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I think anything you say will be the right and necessary thing. This government has been so wrong-headed and wrong-hearted it would be hard to know where to begin, but I am glad that you are and will.

  257. Art JaszczykFebruary 22, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I have one comment which sums it all up for me. History backs me up on this quote. “There is no way to Peace. Peace is the way.”
    “la lutte continue (the struggle continues)”