FACT: There are a few countries who regularly help themselves to Canadian waters without permission – the United States of America being the most egregious offender as they refuse to acknowledge Canada’s claim to its most northern reaches and the water that flows through those arctic islands.
With this is mind, we must really look hard at the Harper Conservative’s plan to put HALF of our coastal patrol fleet in mothballs – essentially becoming the Canadian Ghost Fleet.
Remember how it used to be that Stephen Harper campaigned on boosting Canada’s military spending?
Did the military piss Steve off too many times?
Is he taking out his frustrations over the Afghanistan document kerfuffle on the Department Of Defense?
Come to think of it, that wouldn’t really surprise me at all – and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, either.
To me, it seems like this is a case of ‘the nail that sticks out gets hammered’.
In the past 6 months or so, there’s been a plethora of stories involving the Canadian military establishment – and none of them have painted the Canadian Forces in a good light.
On one hand, you have a situation where it seems like Canadian generals were okay with captured combatants being handed off to Afghan personnel to be tortured.
On the other hand, you have our dead sons and daughters taking that long ride to Toronto from CFB Trenton along the ‘Highway Of Heroes’ – covered each and every time by Canadian (and sometimes American) media.
Also in the mix is the former commanding officer of CFB Trenton, Col. Russell Williams, who could turn out to be a serial killer/rapist.
Day in, day out – the Defense portfolio and it’s associated ministers are dumping paper on the prime minister’s desk.
Some time last week, Steve finally pitched a hissy fit and roared to his secretary to get someone into his office that could lead a strategic offensive against the Canadian military – ASAP!
In sauntered the guy who controlled the military’s purse strings, Jim Flaherty, who declares that there isn’t enough money to fund the Canadian Forces Maritime Command.
‘Perhaps they should have a bake sale,’ Mr. Harper snickers while tugging down on his sweater vest.
Well… okay… I’m not certain whether that happened or not.
All I know is that somehow, some idiot has decided we have too many ships monitoring our coastal waters, protecting Canadian interests and maintaining our sovereignty.
12 ships is far too many to patrol 243,042 kilometers of Canadian coastline.
Apparently, 6 ships can do that job more efficiently and effectively – 3 ships on the west coast, and 3 ships on the east coast.
Two hundred and forty-three thousand kilometers.
Six Kingston-class ships – each one being only 55 meters long.
Let me say it slower so you can understand: six… freakin’… ships.
That means that each ship has 40, 507 kilometers to patrol every day.
For comparison, the earth is only 12,756.1 kilometers in diameter at the equator.
What the hell?
You know what? In military parlance, this is a SNAFU.
Situation Normal: All Fucked Up.
We might as well send out invitations to all those people who would breach our territory for their own gain – smugglers can just help themselves to our beaches, dropping off drugs and selling illegal immigrants into slavery.
Oh… and those Polar-class ships that Steve ordered for the patrolling Canada’s arctic waters?
Don’t hold your breath waiting for them if you look at the $4.3 billion price tag.
2014 my ass.
No wonder the U.S. Navy laughs at us.