Clearly, a wholesale review of defence policy is necessary -- both in light of the budget and because, as the interim SCONDVA
report states, "the context in which we now formulate our foreign and defence policies is fundamentally different from that of only a few short years ago." Since the last policy review in 1994, the number of missions assigned to the CF has risen significantly.
"CF military personnel can't come to Parliament Hill to protest, to address SCONDVA
. It's so serious now that retired officers come to committee [SCONDVA]," she said.
To them I would say, "Walk a mile in my shoes and then cast judgment." When I made a presentation to the SCONDVA
Committee, I concluded with the following statement: "For 25 years, while in the Army, I trained to circle the wagons facing outwards towards the enemy, only to come to the realization that the enemy was within."
In addition, the report makes recommendations about raising or expanding certain CF units that make no sense and were never the subject of any presentation to SCONDVA.
Major General (retired) Lewis MacKenzie, as a member of the Council, gave the best assessment of the CF today when he told SCONDVA, in part, that "...
subsequently resolved to recall Colonel Scott to appear before the committee after Parliament reconvenes in September this year.
In his comments before SCONDVA
in May, the CDS only mentioned the White Paper requirement for a battle group of 1200 troops and a battalion of 1000.
Although General Belzile's statements were couched in diplomatic speech, he told SCONDVA
on 26 April of this year that "Recently, we [CDA] have become concerned over the perception that the Canadian Forces are able to meet all their commitments, and are more combat capable than they were ten years ago.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs, Ron Duhamel, announced to the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs (SCONDVA
) on 29 March that the term "veteran" is to be greatly expanded.
With the motto of "Prudent Defence," Reserves 2000 concentrated on a message that was pro-Militia, but not anti-Regular, and appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence and Veteran's Affairs (SCONDVA
) and the Senate Committee on Defence.
Yet these expenditures receive only a cursory review by the Auditor General and are all but ignored by Parliament's Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs (SCONDVA
Benoit at a December meeting of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs (SCONDVA
), Gen Leach admitted that he was not paying attention to the fact that some of his soldiers rely on hand-outs from the food bank.