To Truly Honour Canadian Armed Forces Day, Canada Must Finally Fund Our Severely Depleted Military

When it comes to supporting the military, words from politicians don’t mean anything. Only actions count.

Today is Canadian Armed Forces Day.

“Canadian Armed Forces Day is a time for us to salute the brave men and women at home and abroad who have devoted their lives to protecting our freedom. #CAFDay”

Many politicians will share their praise and support for the military.

Among those politicians, is Justin Trudeau:

“The brave women and men of the @CanadianForces represent the very best of what it means to be Canadian, and protect the values we hold dear: peace, freedom, & democracy. On #CAFDay & every day, we thank you and your families for your service and sacrifice.”

Harjit Sajjan also Tweeted:

“Today, on Canadian Armed Forces Day, we pay tribute to our brave women and men in uniform and thank them for their service to Canada. We also celebrate our military families who truly are the strength behind the uniform. Thank you @canadianforces. You make Canada proud. #CAFDay”

Those are nice words, nice photos, and nice videos.

But at the end of the day, what matters is actions, and those actions are sorely lacking.

After, Trudeau is one who said Veterans were asking for too much.

And beyond that insult, the state of the Canadian Armed Forces is severely troubled.

Our military is far too small and under-equipped.

Our Air Force lacks quality fighter jets, the replacements for the old CF-18s are more old F-18s the government bought from Australia, and there’s a serious pilot shortage.

Our Navy is unable to adequately travel in the North, even as other nations advance their influence and strength in that region.

Our Veterans have been repeatedly betrayed and disrespected by the federal government, which is not only a disgrace, but also discourages others from joining the military in the first place when they see how Canada’s wounded heroes are treated by the government that’s supposed to have their back.

Some nice words, Tweets, and videos does nothing to change that.

Celebrating Canadian Armed Forces Day should be about taking real action, and actually strengthening our depleted armed forces.

Right now, the Canadian Armed Forces is in horrible condition.

The horrendous treatment of Vice-Admiral Norman, and the fact that Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance has acted like a Trudeau stooge gives an awful impression. And the only other time Vance talks about the military is when he’s talking about serious internal problems.

The procurement process is a total failure. It takes forever to buy anything for the military, and when things are bought, the equipment is outdated, terrible, and far below the standards of many other nations.

In short, because of endless disrespect and under-funding from politicians, our armed forces are a total mess.

Fixing that will certainly require a significant financial investment.

However, that investment is worth it, considering that defending the Canadian People is the most sacred duty of the Federal Government, and considering that our Veterans defended our freedom and deserve the best.

When we can finally say that the Canadian Armed Forces is getting the funding it needs, and when our Veterans are finally taken care of properly, only then can we truly celebrate Canadian Armed Forces Day.

Spencer Fernando

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bruce

I could not agree more. However, it will take a Conservative government to fund our military and our federal police force. The RCMP needs a new culture including a new name. Then there is the Canada Border Agency. Andrew Scheer can and should commit to these causes. 30% of the Trudeau waste could pay for this and instill new pride across Canada. It’s a promise that will win voters!

Gerri Page

So what does that moron in Ottawa do, he gives 1.5 billion (borrowed of course) in lumber and steel to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral when he didn’t have to. Nice to spend our money when it should go to the military. He has to be voted out on a majority even if Scheer is not the best choice being PM.

Del

Donations to Hamas and to nuclear countries like India are far far more important as far as Trudeau is concerned. Why is Canada giving aid to countries that have nuclear weapons? That means we are financing their nuclear programs.

NancyW

Perfectly well said Spencer.

shelley

Well said Spencer Thank You. My son’s in the military and it is pathetic no funding no instructors no training and they wonder why people are leaving after there 1st 3 yrs are over. I’m not sure the next election will do any better if the Turd loses. Our poor vets need so much help and who lied to them almost 4 yrs ago to get there votes? I really hope things change for all of them they deserve so much better then what there enduring now.

Major Tom

I am a veteran…..and am a member of a number of veterans’ organizations….and the first I heard of Canadian Armed Forces Day was by reading this article……20 minutes before midnight….so…I have 20 minutes of awareness of CAF Day! That says a lot about our governments’ attention to detail…..I’m sure Earth Day got a bigger plug!

Brian

Here’s a free improvement: reverse some of the damage done by Unification by de-integrating the Minister’s office and staff from CAF HQ. Notice it is called “National Defence HQ”, not CAF HQ? The analogy would be the RCMP HQ being part of “Dept of Public Safety HQ”. As is, many non-CAF civil servants have influence and authority within NDHQ, but are never held accountable. Ever notice how only uniformed personnel appear at inquiries, e.g. the Somali Inquiry? Another example: for many areas of responsibility, the Deputy-Minister is “co-equal” with the Chief of the Defence Staff.