Canadian military bankrupt?

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    'Bankrupt' Forces may shut 5 bases

    Canada's army, navy and air force are facing a funding shortfall of up to half a billion dollars, defence sources told the National Post, and the military is recommending drastic measures to make up the difference, including closing some of the largest bases in the country.

    The federal government is stalling the release of internal documents that outline the looming financial crisis, but military sources said the reports indicate that in the fiscal year beginning on April 1, the air force expects to be $150-million short of funds needed to fulfill its commitments, the navy will be $150-million shy of its needs and the army will be as much as $200-million short.

    The figures were submitted to General Ray Henault, the Chief of Defence Staff, last month by the heads of the land staff, the maritime staff and the air staff in anticipation of this year's defence budget.

    The military sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the reports foresee a situation so dire that they recommend curtailing operations, dry-docking ships and mothballing vehicles or aircraft and closing at least four Canadian Forces bases.

    Unless additional funding is awarded by the government, the air force is suggesting closing bases at Goose Bay, Nfld., Bagotville, Que., North Bay and Winnipeg, the sources said.

    Further, the air force report says that unless its fleet of ageing CC-130 Hercules transport planes is replaced or modernized, the main transport base at Trenton should be closed within 10 years. "There won't be enough Hercs flying by then to justify keeping that base open," one air force source said.

    The navy predicts it will not be able to live up to treaty obligations to NATO and other alliances and cannot carry out enough patrols of Canadian waters to comply with agreements with other government departments such as Immigration Canada or Fisheries and Oceans.

    http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=97f7dbbe-981a-4085-9686-e87fab611fbb
     
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    Whoa!, and to think there are plenty of liberals in this country who wouldn't see anything wrong with that kind of situation for us.
     
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    I don't think the situation is that grave. You have to keep in mind there is an election coming up, and this is a big issue. The Liberals are embroiled in a huge scandle right now, and we all know this is going to be a big election point. The state of the Military is the legacy left behind by Chretien, and won't be dealt with until after the next election. I'm not saying the military doesn't badly need money ect, but this is a good example of that "spin" stuff y'all talk about.

    Plus, the cover story this paper ran on Saturday was about taking an ancient skull found in Israel, and making it look like Jesus Christ. It then went on to discuss how, up to this point, Jesus has been depicted as being too white, when in fact he probably looked like an Arab. Not a very serious paper. I don't doubt other papers will pick it up, but the analysis will possibly be better. There have also been new buildings built here, and bases moved to other areas, I don't know where that info came from??
     

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