We decided last week that we would appreciate all comments/feedback, right?
OK, we discussed it. OK, I wrote about it and you might have read it.
In that vein, here’s some incoming feedback . . .
the transmission of evaluative or corrective information
about an action, event, or process
to the original or controlling source
also : the information so transmitted
– Merriam Webster
. . . for Canada and Canadians to appreciate.
On the other hand, to be as fair to the man [PM Trudeau] as possible, Canadian defence procurement is one issue where he would have trouble making it worse. Inviting him to try would be asking for trouble. But Canada’s record here is so bad over so many decades that it would be unfair to say we lack influence in the world because Trudeau hasn’t bought us fighter planes, combat or supply ships or even pistols.
Yes, we lack influence in the world because we do not have these things. And no, he has not bought them. But nor did his predecessors. And nobody cared. In “Who Killed the Canadian Military?” Jack Granatstein said it was every Prime Minister since Louis St. Laurent. And none, because ultimately it was us, the citizens, who did not object as fewer and fewer troops got older and older gear, and who indeed would have howled had anyone tried to take money out of our social programs to fund some silly thing like defence.
As so often, it gets worse, and we all get to shoulder the blame. Because the problem isn’t just unwillingness to spend and inability to procure. Behind it lies the conviction that we don’t really need armed forces because we’re so special. One Prime Minister after another has declared that we possess a unique and mighty influence in the world because we’re so Canadian.
The specifics vary. Perhaps we’re a moral superpower. Perhaps we’re an energy superpower. Perhaps we’re the bridge between East and West. Perhaps the world needs more Canada. Perhaps the world cares a lot about Canada. Perhaps the world could find Canada on a map.
– John Robson, “Canada has no world influence and it’s our own fault”, Loonie Politics