10. Government inflated? Misplaced priorities? The military is by far the largest department in the Canadian government, employing the most numbers and purchasing the most equipment. The combined budget of the Department of National Defense (DND) and Veterans Affairs is $ 30 billion, or approximately 15 times Environment and Climate Change Canada. With 0.5 percent of the world’s population, Canada is responsible for 1.5% international military spending.
8. The Canadian Forces (CF) are “hostileTo “LGTBQ members”, concluded former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps in 2015. Members suspected of being homosexual were systematically excluded from the CF until 1992. In the 1960s, military researchers and the funding played a role Central role with the aim of developing a “fruit machine” to detect homosexuals.
7. DND / CF has the the biggest Public relations (propaganda) machine in the country, employing hundreds of “public relations professionals” to influence public perception of the military. Last fall, the military, the Ottawa Citizen reported, established “a new organization who will use propaganda and other techniques to try to influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of Canadians. unflattering stories about the military were to be the target of phone calls to their bosses, letters to the editor and other “flacks” intended to undermine their credibility in the eyes of readers and their employers.
6. The CF has been a hotbed of white supremacy. For decades, institutional racism has been explicit and imposed from above with force wanting only those of “Pure European Descent and the White Race”. Although they represent 20% of the Canadian population, visible minorities today constitute 9.6 percent of CF. Not surprisingly, the CF has attracted many people with far-right beliefs.
5. The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) is a secret army within the military. The government is under no obligation to divulge information about their operations so that they can be deployed on controversial missions, and the public is not more aware of this. Canadian special forces have (probably) operated in Haiti, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Central African Republic, Congo, Peru, Iraq, Libya, Colombia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
4. The CF is the institutional embodiment of âtoxic masculinityâ. For example, it was not until 2000 that the submarine service was opened to women. In 2015, Deschamps found a “culture of misogyny âin the CFâ hostile to women â. Between April 1, 2016 and March 9 of this year, there were 581 sexual assault and 221 complaints of sexual harassment involving CF members.
3. Canadian warships regularly deploy around the world, from the Caribbean to the North Sea, from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea. Recently, Canadian ships participated in “freedom of navigation” exercises conducted by warring United States in the South China Sea. They also waged war on Libya in 2011, aided the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and supported the 1998 bombing of that country. Threatening other countries to get our way has a long history. Canadian warships were dispatched force Costa Rica to negotiate with the Royal Bank in 1921, to protect British interests during the Mexican revolution and back a dictator slaughtering peasants in El Salvador in 1932.
2. The Canadian armed forces have a huge ecological footprint. They littered the landscape with tens of millions of bullets and shells as well as polluted dozens of lakes with ammunition. They continue to enlist animals in experiences and during the war. DND is by far the largest emitter of GHGs in the federal government. DND represented 59% percent of the federal government’s GHGs in 2019-2020. Incredibly, however, the military’s emissions are exempt from the government’s current GHG reduction targets.
1. The Canadian military has fought in nine wars, only one of which is morally justified.