Shocking news today. But I doubt it will get much press. Because the victims are the military, and Alberta — two things that the media party doesn’t really care for.
Every year, an air force training exercise called "Exercise Maple Flag" is held in Cold Lake, Alberta. Canadian pilots fly along with pilots from other NATO countries, especially our American allies, as well as non-NATO air forces, too, including places like Israel, Australia, New Zealand, even Singapore.
It’s not an air show. It’s as real as it gets. Obviously they don’t shoot each other down, but it’s not just a classroom simulation, or a flight simulator. It’s weeks long. They do air to air combat, air to ground combat. It’s probably the most important training a fighter pilot ever does. It's the key event for the Air Force.
And Cold Lake, Alberta is the perfect place for it. Mainly, because it’s huge. And also because of the landscape.
It's only been cancelled four times in forty years, when Canada has had a significant air force deployment overseas.
And Justin Trudeau just cancelled it — and not because we’re sending our air force off to war. But because he’s starved it of money.
Let me read from the Air Force’s press release:
The RCAF has decided to not conduct Exercise Maple Flag in 2019. The RCAF will use the opportunity to re-focus its resources to update the exercise’s mandate and to modernize the infrastructure used during the exercise. The RCAF will thereby ensure that Maple Flag remains focused and relevant to fighter operations in a dynamic and fluid battlespace, now and into the future.
Let me translate into English:
They don’t have the money or support. So they’re going to take a year off. Who knows, maybe more.
“Modernize the infrastructure used”. Perhaps it means that our fighter jets are so old that they can’t really integrate with our allies anymore. We’re flying CF-18s that we first acquired in 1983. Most pilots are younger than those planes.
The prime minister's luxury jet, on the other hand, is the one jet Trudeau will never scrimp on, will he?
Trudeau has given — just as a gift — a billion dollars to Bombardier. Not for air force jets, but to subsidize their corporate jets that they sell to foreign buyers.
Imagine if Trudeau gave the billion dollars, instead of to Bombardier, to our Canadian air force?
This is devastating to the RCAF. It’s devastating for morale; to its capacity to do its job; devastating to our role within allied air forces.
And devastating to Alberta, home of Cold Lake, where these exercises have been important for the community. (If this event was held in Quebec, they’d back up the truck with money.)
I don’t want to be dramatic. But is there a name, is there a word, for someone who systematically destroys our military, disable our ability to fight, denudes our soldiers of their equipment; underpays them, and humiliates them — while given tens of millions of dollars to confessed, convicted terrorists?
Is there a word for someone who does that...?
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