Canada: Harper Promises Half-Trillion Dollar Military Expansion

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Dr. Evil to Spend $490 Billion on Military Implementation of the SPP        
by Chris Davenport     
Canada is currently on a course that will see its military incorporated into neoconservative plans for a "New American Century". This plan is being facilitated by a "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA), a high-tech "transformation" of the U.S. military which depends upon the domination of space.

The Project for a New American Century successfully predicted in 2000 that "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."

The Harper government is pushing the RMA agenda in Canada through the "Canada First Defence Strategy" (CFDS). Under the CFDS, Canada will spend $490 billion over the next 20 years to transform its military to be entirely "inter-operable" with the U.S. military.
 
 
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The CFDS is a product of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), which began as a proposal of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives in 2003 in response to 9/11 - aka - the "new Pearl Harbour."

Perceived threats of terrorism and biological epidemics are being used to justify the erosion of Canadian sovereignty under the SPP. This erosion will be financed almost entirely by the personal income taxes of Canadian citizens.

Increased military spending in Canada will result in further cuts to spending on infrastructure, health care, education, and investment in greener energy and transportation technologies.

  • "People you have to tell me these things, okay? I've been frozen for thirty years, okay? Throw me a frickin' bone here! I'm the boss!" - Dr. Evil discovers that inflation has swallowed his life savings.

According to some pundits, Harper has accomplished a Muscular Minority. Only 59% of registered voters turned out at the polls, Harper's crew received 38% of that = 22.42%. I'd hardly call that a mandate.

According to "some constitutional experts", the election may have been "illegal".

While "liquidity" problems in global finance were being used to spook voters, another financial fiasco was brewing almost entirely off the political radar.

I am speaking about the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS).

Under the CFDS, the Canadian government will spend $490 billion over the next 20 years to meet its military commitments under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), as laid out by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) in 2003.

Apart from a recent story by Linda McQuaig in the Toronto Star, the CFDS received very little attention during the federal election campaigns.

Annual military spending in Canada increased from $10 billion in 1997 to $15.7 billion for 2007. Numbers for 2008 will close out around $18 billion, and that doesn't include costs for the occupation of Afghanistan.

The CFDS document claims that the $490 billion will increase total military spending from 1.5% to 2%.

2% of what?

It doesn't say, but it is likely referring to the GDP. This is the same politrickery that the U.S. government (whose war machine now spends more than 50% of their annual budget) has been using for years.

According to Canada's Department of Finance, in 2007 the Canadian government collected "$236.0 billion in taxes and other revenues". Of this, "personal income tax is the biggest revenue source. Last year, it provided $110.5 billion in federal funding. That’s almost 47 per cent of all federal revenues. Corporate income tax raised about $37.7 billion, about 16 per cent of federal finances... Spending last year by the Department of National Defence on Canada’s military forces made up almost 7 cents of each taxpayer dollar ($15.7 billion)... The largest single federal spending item was interest payments on Canada’s public debt... These payments... cost $33.9 billion. That’s almost 14½ cents of every tax dollar." Our "$13.8-billion budgetary surplus" or "6 cents of the tax dollar" was paid towards reducing our federal debt. According to the Finance Department, "Government accounting principles mean that any surplus at year-end automatically reduces the federal debt."

So to recap, we currently spend 7% (not 1.5%) of our total budget on military spending, with 20.5% going towards debt and interest payments. That's nearly 28% of every tax dollar before the government actually does something!

But apparently it is not enough.

With corporate taxes going down and no promises of increased personal income taxes or other sources of new revenue, the only logical conclusion is that the government intends to borrow more money from private banks to finance this adventure in "military transformation".

Under the SPP, Canada's military will see increased "interoperability" with the U.S. in "joint operations" under new commands like "USNORTHCOM" in a U.S. coordinated "Fortress North America".

With the SPP, the U.S. coordinates the "security" (formulating military doctrine and heading joint operations), and Canada and Mexico provide the "prosperity" via cheap resources, energy, and labour.

As Oakville MP, Bonnie Brown advised Canadian parliament on 14 June 2007, the SPP:

  • "would include a continental energy pact, whereby Canada would guarantee America's access to our energy resources and force Canadians to compete with Americans for our own electricity as we do now for our oil and gas."

In this fortress, the borders will be pushed to the shores of the continental island, and the contents within will become the de facto property of the American empire.

The north, strong, and....?

So much for Canada FIRST.

Other than a single session of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates on Thursday, 5 June 2008, there has been precious little discussion about the details of the CFDS in parliament.

The relative secrecy of the CFDS was highlighted in parliamentary debate on 20 June 2008 when Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner noted that the government did not hold a press conference or issue a media release for the CFDS plans, "It just posted them on the website in the dead of night."

Further, Cuzner noted that the CFDS "plan started at $30 billion, went to $50 billion, then to $96 billion and is now nearing half a trillion dollars. Even Dr. Evil would be impressed with that."

Laurie Hawn (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence) responded:
  • "The defence budget has been increased by $30 billion a year to the year 2027-28. If he [Cuzner] does some simple math and adds those numbers up, he will come up to the figure of $490 billion, plus or minus a billion dollars here or there."

That's some pretty casual spending talk for someone who claims to be CONSERVATIVE.

According to the CFDS, the Canadian Forces will be "defending North America".

Military integration with the U.S. is already active under USNORTHCOM:

  • "Canada Command will continue to work with US Northern Command in support of shared objectives. The two Commands are dedicated to enhancing military-to-military cooperation to provide assistance to civilian emergency response agencies in the event of a crisis."

USNORTHCOM is a U.S. imperative, not a Canadian one. It has received no debate in Canadian parliament.

The CFDS goes on:

  • "Finally, the two nations’ armed forces will pursue their effective collaboration on operations in North America and abroad. To remain interoperable, we must ensure that key aspects of our equipment and doctrine are compatible. Accordingly, the Forces will continue to participate in joint training exercises and personnel exchanges with their US counterparts."

A closer look at the CFDS hints that the doctrine, development, and future spending of the Canadian Forces are being incorporated into the U.S. Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA).

The centrepiece of the RMA is "Full Spectrum Dominance" via the domination of space, using space-based technology/weapons in a coordinated "system of systems" approach.

Part of Canada's role in this is laid out in the CFDS:

  • "Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Starting in 2020, 10-12 maritime patrol aircraft to replace the Aurora fleet. The new aircraft will become part of a surveillance 'system of systems' that will also comprise sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites and keep Canada’s maritime approaches safe and secure, including in the Arctic."

As reported previously in The ACTivist, Canadian satellite technology is already thoroughly integrated into the U.S. war machine.

The CFDS is proudly championing the militarization of the Canadian economy. If it is implemented, Canadian taxpayers will be further indebted to private banks as their sovereignty and security are eroded under the SPP. Social services and infrastructure spending will continue to suffer, and privatization of public space will continue to expand.

When polled, Canadians have consistently expressed that they want better health care, education, and greener alternatives for our energy and transportation needs. A militarized economy will fail the will of the Canadian people.
 
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