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Harper Hid the Cost of Afghan War

As you may have seen from reports in yesterday and today’s morning newspapers, the cost of the war in Afghanistan will reach $18 billion by the end of 2011, according to a new report released by the Parliamentary Budget Office. (more…)

War in Afghanistan to cost Government $20.7 billion, UN Peacekeeping abandoned: Rideau Institute Report

The Rideau Institute released a report this week that examines the full cost of Canada’s war in Afghanistan, raising important new questions about the government’s ability to afford the mission with an economic recession looming, and highlighting the corresponding abandonment of Canadian participation in UN peacekeeping efforts. (more…)

Conference of Defence Associations counterspins its DND funding formula

Obviously alarmed by my letter in the National Post today in response┬áto Dinosaur Jack’s insulting attack against Canadians who don’t agree with his hawkish views, the Conference of Defence Associations rushed out its own counterspin email to its list of hundreds of military and media contacts. (more…)

What to do about Canada's space capabilities

I contributed to this report that appears in today’s Hill Times, an influential Ottawa newspaper. You can download the entire Aerospace supplement. THE HILL TIMES, MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008 POLICY BRIEFING – AEROSPACE Committee report should push for trade exemptions, more in-service contracts in Canada, say critics (more…)

Defence lobby (still) at odds with Canadian public

This letter was published in the Ottawa Citizen on August 11, 2008. Senator Kenny’s report calling for massive increases to military spending is further evidence that committees and groups and that comprise the defence lobby are increasingly at odds with the Canadian public. A government survey this year confirmed that Canadians want the budget to […]