Money for military could be better spent
Re: “Funding woes sap military: Sajjan,” May 4. “Questions swirl,” indeed. Should we agree to our belligerent southern neighbour’s demand that we spend two per cent of gross domestic product on Canada’s military? To counter what threat?
The money would be better spent addressing the fentanyl deaths on our streets, or fixing the metastasizing housing crisis or providing potable water to our First Nations.
Here’s a money-saving suggestion for the defence minister. Maybe we shouldn’t mount more disastrous attacks such as those on Libya or Afghanistan. Neither should we menace Russia (a country of 144 million with a GDP that, at $1.4 trillion, is less than Italy’s), on the preposterous pretext that it might invade NATO nations (population 604 million, GDP $18.3 trillion).
It’s U.S. invasion the world should fear — at least 33 since 1945. And counting, apparently. Lend no support to their apparent bid for world domination. Canadians, including those in uniform, have higher aspirations.
Victorians can learn more at the upcoming B.C. Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit May 12-13 at the University of Victoria. Martin Gavin Member, Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network Victoria