Although Canada’s recent budget did increase some national security spending, it failed to meet NATO’s basic defence expenditure target. At a time when the world stands on the brink of global conflict, I find such government fumbling incredible.

Our military has been eviscerated through chronic under-funding and a host of challenges, including recruiting and retention. In the face of current danger, will politicians step up? Will anything change?

Everywhere we look within DND, we find delay. This ranges from replacing vital equipment to appointing a new leader – what does that say about how the government prioritizes its Armed Forces?

The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM), which recognized the selfless and patriotic act of volunteering for service, must be re-introduced and issued to all veterans; however, the Government of Canada continues to ignore the value of volunteering to serve.

As preparations continue for the forthcoming NATO summit in London, Canada once again is considered as a “defence freeloader”.

Neither DND nor Veterans Affairs Canada track, with any accuracy, the number of suicide casualties of Canadian military. Part of this inaccuracy stems from the fact that Canadian military reservists are not included in figures released by either department.

As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches, I ponder what impact this event has, and will continue to have on Canadian society. 

The need to procure a replacement for our aging fighter fleet is becoming more dire with each passing year.

At ceremonies across the country, we shall soon hear the words from John McCrea’s “In Flanders Fields”. One line has particular meaning for me, and I fear our politicians have broken faith with those who died for freedom.

Our government has managed to avoid major issues of security. The duty to protect should be of paramount concern, but seems to be getting scant attention.

Canada's military volunteers deserve recognition for their selfless acts of sacrifice for the good of all Canadians. Nothing less is acceptable. Shame on us for not doing so in a timely manner.

The social contract, which members of the Canadian Armed Forces hold as a sacred obligation, has been shot down by a BC Court of Appeals. The finding states: “the government has no obligation to care for its military and veterans”.