Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Canada's military

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quizzical wrote:

NDPP wrote:
Canadian Prime Minister Endorses Japanese Position on South China Sea Ahead of G7 Summit

"The Canadian government firmly endorses the increasingly aggressive military role Japan is preparing to play in the region..."

guess it's why trudeau went to Japan.

With all due respect to NDPP and his linked article, it's a bit misleading for him to have put this statement in "quotes". It makes it look like a quote from the Canadian government. In fact, it's a quote from the author of the article. It's the author's opinion. And it seems to be a bit of a falsehood.

What's more interesting is that after reading this looooong article, I couldn't find one single reference to the Canadian government actually having, like, supported Japan's position in the dispute with China.

In fact... Trudeau never even mentioned the subject during his trip.

So while Trudeau should be pressured and condemned for supporting the TPP - let's not make shit up. It discredits the opposition to him. He is breaking enough promises, and committing enough offences against the Canadian people, for a lifetime of attacks based on reality.


point taken unionist


Canadian Soldiers in Kurdish Region May Have To Remove Kurdish Flag Patch From Uniforms

"Canadian military advisors in the Kurdish Region may have to remove the Kurdish flag patch they wear on their uniforms, only days after US forces in Syria were ordered to remove Kurdish insignia from their uniforms..."


"It seems the canadians have ZERO understanding of the situation in Iraq, not even the Iraqi army are allowed to fly the Iraqi flag when they pass through our territory, someone should have explained this to the imbecile Mike Rouleau 'commander of the canadian forces', and by the way forget about wearing both."

Canada doesn't belong in this ME quagmire. Troops Out Now!



Canada Brings Helicopter Squadron To Its Forces in Kurdistan

"Canada's ambassador to Iraq and Jordan Bruno Saccomani told Rudaw on Tuesday that his country is increasing the number of its special forces in Kurdistan to more than 200 and that a helicopter squadron will be added in support of their forces."

larger and deeper into the big American ME war muddy, Canada goes..


Lockheed Martin Warns It Will Pull $825 Million in F-35 Contracts If Canada Buys Another Jet

Pull away!

Surprised CBC hasn't graced us with some words of wisdom on this from the Canadian CEO of Lockheed Martin, Charles Bouchard. You remember Charley 'the Butcher' Bouchard, the RCAF Lt Gen who led the NATO bombing (and all targeting decisions) on Libya? And who all the Canadian political parties paid tribute to, including the disgusting but irrelevant NDP? Seems this is how a Canadian war criminal gets paid off. Nice gigs like this one with Lockheed Martin. Perfect no?


The Canada Pension Plan is now investing $374 Million in F-35 warplane contractors:

Are people OK with this?





Liberals 'Considering' NATO Request That 1,000 Canadian Troops Be Deployed in Eastern Europe

"Eastern European NATO allies have been pressing Canada to deploy up to 1,000 soldiers into the region to bolster the alliance's presence amid continued concerns about Russian aggression.

The Liberal government says it is 'actively considering options'..."

Our troops are already training better Nazis for Ukraine, and the Russophobia in Canada is widespread and fervently held, especially by 'progressives', so why not go the whole hog?  And it's not as if we have a national antiwar movement anymore. My guess is we'll go.


Post from Craig Scott that's interesting:

Craig Scott wrote:

On Wednesday, June 8, an Open Letter to PM Trudeau was released that calls for the establishment of a commission of inquiry to investigate and report on Canada’s policies and practices concerning the transfer of detainees to Afghan agencies during the war in Afghanistan. Signatories include the former Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark, the inaugural Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee Ron Atkey, Ed Broadbent, Stephen Lewis, Canadian diplomats posted to Afghanistan during the war, the Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada, and around 40 leading scholars and representatives of human rights, foreign policy, and lawyers’ organizations.

You can read the Open Letter here:

By Thursday, June 16, the government must respond to e-petition (e-70), which I initiated in December 2015 in order to require the government to provide a written response to the call for a commission of inquiry. You can read it here:

What can we expect from the Liberal government? The signs are not good. Indeed, the signs are that the Liberals may be preparing to go back on their own demand when in opposition for a commission of inquiry. Not to put too fine a point on it, initial comments suggest they are willing to continue the complicity of the Canadian government – first under Harper and now under Trudeau – in ensuring there will be no accounting let alone accountability for what some of Canada’s most senior military officers, top civil servants, and ministers of the Crown did in our name.

Right now, the Department of National Defence appears to have appropriated this matter. It is the tail that is wagging the dog. I say this because Minister Sajjan and his office are the ones making initial comments on both the Open Letter and, about six weeks ago, also on e-petition e-70, and the Department of Global Affairs is directing all journalists to DND for comments on e-70 and on Open Letter.

This is totally inappropriate.

The Minister of Defence was in theatre in a command role at crucial periods when prisoners were taken and transferred. He may even have had roles liaising on intelligence matters with some of the Afghan authorities that are implicated in the human rights abuses that an inquiry would be looking at. Keep in mind it was the transfer to intelligence authorities at the National Directorate of Security that has been at the core of the detainee scandal, as it has been understood to date. But also, when it comes to unrecorded transfers by Canada of captives qua "persons under control" (PUCs) to Afghan authorities, some of those transfers were to the Afghan National Police and Minister Sajjan may have had to liaise with them, according to some biographical accounts. Some accounts have the Afghan police as at least as problematic an actor in their treatment of received prisoners as NDS.

None of this is to say that Minister Sajjan had anything to do either with transfers or transfer policy. I do not know if he did or did not. Nor does it deny that he served our country honourably and bravely. By all accounts, he very much did.

But it is to say that, at the very least, Minister Sajjan could be called to testify at an inquiry about his knowledge of the practices of Afghan agencies towards persons in their custody and also about what others (military and civilian) in the command structure should reasonably have known about the penchant for torture by the NDS and/or extrajudicial killing by the Afghan National Police. There are other matters on which he could be called as witness such as the general nature of intelligence sharing between Canada and Afghanistan, battlefield transfers of prisoners, the role of Defence Intelligence, cooperation with the US and other allies in relation to both detainees and intelligence, and coordination between the Canadian military and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

More generally, this detainee file is in no way just a defence matter. It goes to the heart of Canada's foreign affairs -- and always involved multiple agencies from DND to DFAIT to Justice to the PMO and the PCO. It also involves how our parliamentary, justice and legal systems do and do not implement international law. As such, the decision on a commission of inquiry properly belongs with the Foreign Affairs Minister and the PM -- or Cabinet as a whole on their advice. In either case, Minister Sajjan should recuse himself from the decision on E-70's and the Open Letter's calls for a commission of inquiry.


re above: All parties will combine to protect the state, its filthy involvement in Afghanistan and this minister. And speaking of fixed games...

ISIS-Inspired Board Game Helps Canadian Military With Planning

"Game called The ISIS Crisis is the latest government experiment with so-called 'gamification'..."

As is now obvious to many, the global jihadist network is a US imperial asset.



Canada Now the Second Biggest Arms Exporter To Middle East, Data Show

"Canada has soared in global rankings to become the second biggest arms dealer to the Middle East..."


Four Canadian Financial Institutions Invested in Firms That Make Cluster Bombs: Report

"The report names The Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial, Sun Life Financial and CI Financial..."

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Shameful indeed. 

From the article:


The NDP's Foreign Affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière described the Liberal's decision as hypocritical. 

"Justin Trudeau himself called for an inquiry, but now in government, he has flip-flopped on the issue," she said. "Instead of the transparency he promised, we are seeing Liberals use Conservative-style excuses for not holding an inquiry. There are serious allegations here and the reputation of Canada and our military is at stake."



swallow wrote:

Shameful indeed. 

From the article:


The NDP's Foreign Affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière described the Liberal's decision as hypocritical. 

"Justin Trudeau himself called for an inquiry, but now in government, he has flip-flopped on the issue," she said. "Instead of the transparency he promised, we are seeing Liberals use Conservative-style excuses for not holding an inquiry. There are serious allegations here and the reputation of Canada and our military is at stake."

Yes, when it comes to hypocrisy, she qualifies as an expert witness.