Paul Martin has been forced to cancel a foreign trip. Far more importantly, Lieutenant Chris Saunders, father of two, lost his life because of a misguided attempt to create a stronger military.
Canada does need a better military, but we need a practical one. Our nation is in no position to fight an all out war and god willing we will never have to. Our military needs to be a specialized force to function in the kind of operations in which our nation participates. When was the last time Canada needed a submarine?
Mr. Martin's idea of strengthening our military and increasing our presence in the world is a valiant one. However, we must do so in an intelligent and effective manner. In an era of every tightening budgets why must we waste billions of dollars of submarines we don't need and aren't operational