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Blue Blogging Soapbox
...rambling rants, thoughts and musings on mostly political topics - from your late night blogger.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Government of Canada invests in your Maritime Security 
(en francais)

At the rate the Liberals are going, I feel like suing the government for breaking the pledge in our national anthem. "We stand on guard for thee" has been replaced by "We need the money to get re-elected".

Regan Announces Fulltime Aerial Surveillance Program on the Pacific Coast

I guess if you want to continue starving the military of equipment and capabilities this is how you do it:

Take a Beech King Air 200 - rented from a civilian contractor,

Put a Department of Fisheries and Oceans officer on board, and;

Patrol - Air surveillance patrols will be conducted randomly any day including weekends with a mix of day and night patrols. Fishery officers will be onboard for all patrols, identifying vessels and their activities and providing expert assessment of marine activities relevant to legislation and regulations. Additionally, patrols will document and report oil spills, identify and monitor marine mammals and their activities and report activities which may threaten fish habitat. The aircraft may also assist with maritime search and rescue and conduct habitat work in the BC Interior and Yukon Territory.

In the past our Maritime Coastal security was monitored by CP 121 Trackers, and CP-140 Auroras. Today the Trackers have been retired without replacement and the Auroras are undergoing a $1 Billion dollar "modernization" program. (read - squeeze as many years as possible out of them - see Sea King,Canada - otherwise known as the Flying Coffin)

Canada's Maritime Security is managed by a hodge-podge mix of Coast Guard, DFO, RCMP, Border Services and the Canadian Forces, all services which have been continually neglected by the current Liberal government. The men and women of these services continue to perform above and beyond the call of duty, despite an appalling lack of support from their country.

Now, more than ever is the time to Stand Up for Canada!

Paul Synnott at 2:47 AM    | en francais | Go to Top|


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