CATEGORIES

Red-button issue:
(2018,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

The concept of a “social covenant” is being taken to the Supreme Court of Canada. The BC Court of Appeal decided this solemn obligation does not exist – what will the Supreme Court have to say? Stay tuned.

(2017,
issue 5)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Canada has a long and usually proud record in the world of international peacekeeping. But the world has changed, and with it, the nature of the mission. Now called "peace enforcement" – it is very dangerous.

(2017,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL
Treasure Chest or Pandora’s Box?

The federal government’s new Defence Policy is both a promising treasure chest and a potential Pandora’s Box of unintended consequences that would leave the Canadian Armed Forces struggling with more than one “capability gap.”

(2017,
issue 3)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL
A bold call for recapitalization & modernization

A bold call for expediting platform replacement and modernization.

(2017,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

The future of peacekeeping missions and defence spending commitments are vague.

(2016,
issue 5)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

MND acknowledged that “this is not the peacekeeping of the past.” Truer words were never spoken, but what does it mean for Canada?

(2016,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Obligations to shareholders and the ­markets are all very nice and, frankly, understandable. But what about ­obligations to taxpayers everywhere who ultimately foot the bills?

(2016,
issue 3)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter,” said Winston Churchill. The question is, should politicians make more effort to educate the "average voter" on issues related to national defence?

(2016,
issue 2)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Why does military procurement take up only 4 of the 269 pages in the federal budget for 2016?

(2016,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Several issues facing the Prime Minister and his still-fledgling government fall into the damned if you do, damned if you don’t category. Then there’s the Middle East.

(2015,
issue 6)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Minister Sajjan’s credentials and influence within cabinet and caucus are going to be tested in the coming months.

(2015,
issue 5)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL
A Not-So-Fine Distinction

Is it essential to include Mexico as an equal defence partner with Canada and the United States?

(2015,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

The campaign for the 2015 general election has, in fact, been going on ever since the Conservative Party of Canada turned its two parliamentary minorities into its first majority back in May 2011.

(2015,
issue 3)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

There is a nagging perception that the terrorists have won – in a fiscal sense at least.

(2015,
issue 2)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

With the next election set for 19 October, the government faces relentless Opposition in the House of Commons. To avoid making a decision that may cost it votes, the government is leaving the fighter jet replacement millstone in the custody of the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat (NFPS), which was set up in early 2012. However, further study is pointless and a decision is long overdue.

(2015,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

FrontLine readers are, no doubt, aware of the numerous critiques of the Government’s support, administration and care of those who serve our nation in uniform. Will the new trio of heavy hitters be able to reset the much-criticized portfolio of Veterans Affairs Canada?

(2014,
issue 6)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

What we have not considered, as a community of free thinkers, is that we have grossly underestimated the appeal and reach of jihadist propaganda to Canadians (and Americans) who feel any of the above stigmatizations or proclivities.

(2014,
issue 5)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Defining Canada’s Roles and Commitments.

(2014,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Watching as Canada struggles to maintain a Naval fleet that is ­commensurate with its efforts to be influential in global affairs.

(2014,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

It seems that the whole notion of political party membership being the only way to power at the federal level might need a determined re-think.

(2013,
issue 6)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Deliberations on optional budget reductions must examine some sacred cows that have escaped scrutiny, largely because of ignorance, apathy or cowardice. Consider these gutsy ideas when cutting the defence budget.

(2013,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Is history about to happen while we’re looking the other way? Don't forget, every decade can be decisive.

(2013,
issue 3)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

A review of the WoG finds that an understanding of basic legislative frameworks are necessary.

(2013,
issue 2)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Promoting the myth that Canada is a peacekeeping country ­distorts and misunderstands history.

(2013,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Success in battle begins behind the lines. Trimming the tail could mean pulling the teeth - the how and the why.

(2012,
issue 5)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Canada has no defence policy and members of parliament seem disinterested in that fact. The CFDS is out of date, unaffordable and impotent.

(2012,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

While parliamentarians enjoy their summer break, they might spend some time thinking about how they can do a better job of holding government to account. Perhaps a bit of summertime reading would remind them of what needs to be done.

(2012,
issue 3)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Ottawa pundits have decried the sad state of ­parliamentary government, which exists, to some degree, because few Members of Parliament or Senators rise above petty partisanship.

(2012,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

General (ret) Rick Hillier has been awarded the Order of Canada.

(2011,
issue 5)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Committees are often their own worst enemies when it comes to deciding which subjects to study. They often select issues based on current media profiles.

(2011,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Hudson returns to take a look at key leaders in the new parliament.

(2011,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

The duty of defence procurement.

(2010,
issue 6)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

War is much more than the deployment and sustainment of military forces.

(2010,
issue 5)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Few in Parliament seem to be thinking big thoughts about the future of Canadian defence needs.

(2010,
issue 4)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

The government needs a daily reminder of real leadership.

(2010,
issue 3)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Is the government calling the shots, or has the Cabinet abrogated its responsibilities?

(2010,
issue 2)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

DND/CF, the RCMP, and other ‘action’ agencies can be depended upon to lead effectively, however, operational initiative is not always appreciated by other elements of ­government.

(2010,
issue 1)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Another decade of darkness is returning and Canada’s parliament is once again oblivious to the coming collapse. There are three reasons for this.

(2009,
issue 6)
BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Hudson reviews and reports on the effectiveness of House of Commons and Senate proceedings and committees.