By Matthew Behrens
April 24, 2011
To put this in perspective, slightly more than $63 million a day is spent on Canada’s war machine.
That’s the daily equivalent of 420 affordable housing units or 3,000 four-year full-tuition grants for university students.
Over the course of a month, that’s 13,000 affordable housing units and 90,000 students going to university without massive debt load.
In the words of (America schooled and trained) former General Rick Hillier, their role is to kill people.
they “learn how the equipment works, they train with the troops, and they deploy with their units on operations. Parliamentarians are integrated into the unit by wearing the same uniform, living on bases, eating in messes, using CF facilities and equipment.”
“Canada should take a peace dividend and cut back on military spending to focus on other more pressing social issues at home.”
“The Canadian Forces can hurl more raw firepower at a potential enemy today than they could during the Persian Gulf War…Since the gulf war, all three services have increased their ‘combat capability’ (the wherewithal to inflict heavy damage on the enemy), said Major-General Kenneth Pennie, director-general of strategic planning for the Canadian Forces.
“It’s obviously something that the government of Canada will cover.”
“(Federal minister responsible for homelessness) Bradshaw’s spokesperson said yesterday there are no plans to put more money into affordable housing.”
Indeed, during the 1990s, Canada’s navy spent over $1 billion in the enforcement of devastating sanctions that killed over 1.5 million Iraqi people.
In the 2003 invasion of Iraq that mythmakers have tried to convince us Canada was not involved in, the Canadian Navy played a key role in escorting the US warships launching cruise missiles and bombing runs. There are few clearer examples of aiding and abetting the murder of Iraqis than this.
Not most people’s idea of peaceful conflict resolution.
Can we not look forward to the day when “need to support” is used in support of daycare, women’s programs, education, an end to poverty?
How can I vote for bloodshed and misery, I asked, whether it is delivered from the skies, from a warship, or through the hunger that millions will suffer to pay for all this?