Canadians are dubious about boosting defence spending for an array of reasons. It’s time for politicians and pundits not to admonish them, but to listen to them.
Canadians were shocked by how fragile their health-care system was under the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. But our military is under similar stresses and only a major disaster will open our eyes.
Far from Canada being back as a major player on the world stage, its presence has been diminished under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Sexual violence in the Canadian Armed Forces is a common, dominant and serious issue that can have severe consequences for victims. Why is the military so slow to seriously address it?
Canada’s military faces financial, procurement, human resources and culture challenges. The federal government has known about them for years, so why another defence policy review?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to Black soldiers who served in the First World War was a good first step, but real action is needed to address racism in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Canada cannot fulfil its international defence commitments, including humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, without new equipment.
Canada’s F-35 flip-flop amid the Ukraine war underscores the need for a far-reaching, comprehensive review of the defence, security, diplomatic and development issues facing the country.
Canada’s ‘fireproof house’ defence strategy is causing problems among its allies. When you are convinced you live in a gated community, the pressure to invest in alarms for your home disappears.
The Canadian Armed Forces is struggling with sexual misconduct allegations and poor inclusion and diversity. It is imperative to again document the stories of LGBTQ+ soldiers and their spouses.
Simply including more women at organizations without addressing underlying power structures and practices does little good. Representation isn’t synonymous with change.
Deeper levels of comprehension are needed to understand the embedded inequalities and misconducts in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Canadians’ indifference to their military isn’t so surprising. Almost every military conflict has raised serious questions, and spurred divisive debate, about Canadian unity and independence.
The Canadian Armed Forces has called for women to make up 25 per cent of its ranks by 2026. Attracting and retaining female recruits will require better gender awareness in the military at all levels.