5.6 Defence policy

Increases in spending on militarism and war have been pledged by successive governments.
The Trudeau administration consultation on defence policy engaged very view members of the public. The unquestioned assumptions included maintaining membership in NATO and the need for fighter jets. 

The most-discussed issue of defence policy and procurements has been the proposed purchase – the F-35s. The evidence that the Harper cabinet deliberately misled the Canadian public about the price and benefits of the F-35s was cemented by the 2013 report of the Auditor General. The benefits were over-hyped and the costs low-balled.
Even now that the decision has been postponed through the purchase of refurbished Australian planes, the debate about the F-35s has distracted Canadians from a full and transparent discussion about what the appropriate role is for our military in the 21st century.  We need to seriously question the need for a significant increase in military spending. Why would Canada need stealth fighter jets, for launching an attack with first strike capability.

The Green Party supports members of the Canadian military, including their right to be properly equipped while in service and properly cared for as veterans.

We need to pursue a revised vision for Canadian defence policy with a focus on disaster response, search-and-rescue, and peacekeeping. In particular, we need to move ahead in purchase of ice-breakers, fixed-wing search and rescue (SAR) aircraft, and Coast Guard vessels.

Green MPs will:

  • Pursue cost-cutting by reducing by 30% the $2.7 billion spent every year on DND consultants, contractors, and other private sector contracts;

  • Other savings could be achieved by asking Reservists, over 9 000, to choose if they would be ready for part-time positions;

  • Move ahead with necessary procurement of fixed-wing SARs, ice-breakers, and coastal vessels.