April 20, 2015

Kenney: Canada committed to fighting "new Russian aggression"

Rebel Staff

Appearing on CTV's Question Period on Sunday, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said the government is committed to fighting "new Russian aggression," having recently been told by NORAD commanders that "they have not seen the current level of Russian air force activity over the Arctic for a couple of decades, at least."

Kenney said, "Obviously the Canadian Forces are going to need adequate resources in the future, and our government will deliver that so stay tuned for the budget," adding:

The only kind of message that someone like Vladimir Putin understands is one of resolve, strength and deterrence, not weakness. The best way to deal with that is calmly, but also with resolve and a message of strength.

This comes after Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement last week that Canada will deploy troops to Ukraine on a training mission.

The RCMP, CSIS and the Border Services Agency are also rumoured to be getting a boost in funding in the forthcoming federal budget.

According to CTV News sources, "the increased funding will help combat domestic terrorism by specifically targeting radicalization, recruitment and terrorist financing.

"In addition to funding, the RCMP, CSIS and Canada’s Border Services Agency are already set to receive more powers proposed under new anti-terror legislation known as Bill C-51."


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commented 2015-04-22 20:00:13 -0400
Wrong battle! The Christian genocide should be THIS nations focus, but I guess an election is looming.
commented 2015-04-20 21:11:22 -0400
Harper is the only PM who has taken the Arctic presence seriously. We have to really step it up now.
“As I’ve said before, ‘use it or lose it’ is the first principle of sovereignty in the Arctic,” said the Prime Minister. “To develop the North we must know the North. To protect the North, we must control the North. And to accomplish all our goals for the North, we must be in the North.”
– See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2008/08/26/pm-announces-plan-identify-and-defend-northern-resources#sthash.RGupbOfZ.dpuf
commented 2015-04-20 16:16:04 -0400
Run for office Zee. I’ll vote for you.
Its time we had some common sense people in there.
commented 2015-04-20 15:31:15 -0400
Agreed Rick,
Our Federal Government’s have all dropped the ball on the Arctic issue for too long and we HAVE TO start at some point as you state… a token force of Rangers on snowmobiles with “pea-shooters” is farcical and an embarrassment at best, absolutely suicidal at worst!

Our present Fed. Gov. has AGAIN put off any much needed, meaningful investment in our Arctic Sovereignty… and we all know from recent Russian action’s, we cannot trust them to be fair or honest regarding this issue. Russians have $BILLIONS invested into their arctic military complex that would take us generations to even come close to…
which brings us to the question of how to pay for this Investment.

The leasing of the network could give us a yearly payment to invest in arctic infrastructure.
Leasing this network could potentially generate 1/2 $billion to 1 $billion Yearly…
As you also stated, no need to raise our tax’s for.
commented 2015-04-20 13:33:41 -0400
Joan, this is for you; from the corporate media no less
The USA never admits to error so they blame others.
As for the trade deals, do we know what’s in them and what we gave up to get them?. We now know to get NAFTA we had to commit to a North American union Like the EU and a private Central Bank. This didn’t work out to well for many European countries as the bankers pillage them. – think Ukraine and their 30 tonnes of gold.
commented 2015-04-20 13:15:43 -0400
Hi Zee

Now that’s an idea as well. That would be a constant revenue maker. The point I am making is that we have to start somewhere. Selling or leasing as Zee says would allow us to put that money toward projects that will strengthen us as a country.

The Russians appear to be on the move and they just don’t seem to be worrying about any consequences from us. What are we going to use spit balls?
commented 2015-04-20 13:05:07 -0400
Re: Rick Sloan comment…
Sell cbc?
Yes, we “could save” $1.1 + billion/Yr. AND
We “could get” a one time cash windfall (from the sale of cbc) OR…
We “can keep and save” $1.1 +
billion/Yr. AND
We “can keep and get” a yearly windfall on top of these savings by…
- Coast to Coast coverage
- A turn key venture
- Experienced staff included (lol)

Just saying…
commented 2015-04-20 12:59:00 -0400
Rick, I’m with you re. cbc. But Canada can’t win against foreign threats on our own. Harper’s trade partnerships provide good security as powers like China and India want to protect our mutual investments. But against Russia, Iran, North Korea, and the global jihadi movement, we need a coalition of allies. That doesn’t mean depending on the US but it does mean teaming up with our allies to protect all western democracies not just our own.
commented 2015-04-20 12:43:23 -0400
I agree Rick, we need to show the biggest presence we can in our North on an ongoing basis. The CBC sounds more and more anti-Canadian every day, it is time that money is better spent anyway. If only..
commented 2015-04-20 11:52:19 -0400
Here’s one for you. Why not sell the CBC and use that 1.1 ++ billion dollars we spend on that dinosaur and use that tax money to purchase new nuclear submarines. At the cost of approx. 4 billion per, we could have a fleet in no time and taxes would not even have to go up.

We cannot depend on the USA to constantly back us up. Especially in the north. They are on record stating they challenge our claim to the Arctic and they want a piece as well.

It’s time we started spending our money on things that will protect us as a country. We will only be taken seriously if we have the might to back it up.
commented 2015-04-20 10:59:11 -0400
Build the Super Arrow and load it up with electronic countermeasures.
commented 2015-04-20 10:37:41 -0400
Stu Gatzo, I beg to differ. But I digress …

Can you provide a link to evidence of the WMD you obliquely reference? Or be more specific?

Mark – we can do both. The plan seems to be to launch an allied response to multiple fronts in the world aggression that threatens the west. In that, Canada’s contribution is well nigh symbolic.

Mind you, the boost to domestic security budgets will make local sleepers wake up and take notice.
commented 2015-04-20 09:51:11 -0400
I think combating ISIS would be more effective…
commented 2015-04-20 09:47:00 -0400
Yaaawn. Give us verifiable evidence, Jason. Don’t rely on US word of mouth. We already know that the US lies to start wars. I have some of Saddam Husein’s weapons of mass destruction and am a friend of the Kuwaiti whose child was taken out of the incubator as proof.. General Wesley Clark told us that ISIS is a western created, funded and supplied bogeyman.
Try using some independent thinking for once. We’re not the mindless fools you think we are.
commented 2015-04-20 08:47:13 -0400
Adding foot soldiers is a front. There will be few if any casualties.
Here’s what the US will be testing on live targets – ie: Russians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITTvgkO2Xw4

We are in the age of drones. China can have all the soldiers it wants in its army. Doesn’t matter anymore.