So, as I mentioned in an earlier post about a Ghostbusters / “Ecto 1” sighting, I had another weekend on the range for requalifications. Good ol’ CFB “Boredom”. Some nice new mess facilities there, but still otherwise the same. I don’t miss that base, nor the rooms either…
We had some bright and sunny, albeit a fair bit of windy conditions for the first day. But a good day of shooting – and even with a flyby of a foursome of Harvard trainers, there at Borden for a small airshow / demonstration event…
We even had some newer faces try to get used to full-auto bursts. Always fun to watch…
Rainier conditions for our pistol shoots the next day…
But it was all made better to come home to the Mrs. having got a couple of GIANT t-bone steaks marinated and ready for high-temp grilling perfection. Mmmmmmmmm, meat (yes, I know, with a side of salad, lol!)
So, following up on a recent post I did on spending and retention within the military, I just saw this article pop up in the news earlier today, and heard the various commentary on the radio this afternoon.
More spending, more troops, and more investments in our Canadian Armed Forces.
An increase (generally a good thing) of $13.9 billion.
“Defence policy promises boost to defence budget and plans for armed drones…
The Liberal government’s new defence policy lays out a plan to increase the defence budget by 70 per cent over the next decade to $32.7 billion. It is a mixture of new and previously committed cash.”
However, its all only fully kicking in after the next election and/or some time within a 10-year window.
Really??? REALLY?!?!?!?! REALLY?!?!?!
A promise of an investment down the road is not an investment right now (when that’s what is needed). It’s promises of future increases (maybe – the track record isn’t good), and not necessarily and not mostly increases right now (which is what we need). This announcement is kicking the ball down the field for an easy play, rather than making tough choices and deciding on a workable play RIGHT NOW. And it’s still nowhere near raising our defence spending from a paltry 0.9% of GDP to the 2% that our NATO allies have requested and which we should be committing to, especially in this day and age.
It’s more of the same from government announcements – Liberal or Conservative, it doesn’t really seem to matter. Much ado about nothing.
Thanks, but don’t do us any favours.
On the way up for some range training, happened to come across this unique customized vehicle in traffic…
And before anyone asks / comments (especially those friends of mine who aren’t in policing, but like to rub in any faults they observe, lol), I did have a passenger with me who helped me take those photos.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.