We examine the corrupting influence of an out-of-control “military-industrial complex” in America and troubling signs of the same mechanism at work in Canada, undercutting our diplomatic efforts abroad.
We call on the Government of Canada to hold consultations with civil society on a new independent centre for international peace and security. It is urgently needed to counter think tank policy advice backed by defence industry funding.
Let Foreign Minister Chystia Freeland know that Canada’s Arms Trade Treaty accession legislation, Bill C-47, is just not credible without the inclusion of Canadian military exports to the United States.
Reporter Lee Berthiaume discusses government subsidies to the defence industry.
On Monday January 17th, 2011 Steven Staples’s Hill Times article will commemorate Eisenhower’s iconic farewell speech and offer some thoughts on today’s military industrial complex.