Harpers Military Plan

The conservative government has quietly released its plan for the future of the Canadian military.

In an odd change of pace, the plan was released last night, without warning, on the department of national defense’s website. This comes a day before the house of commons is expected to adjourn for the summer.

Known as Canada’s first Defense Strategy, it would include 490 billion dollars in spending over the next 20 years, and attempt to balance Canada’s commitments at home and abroad.

The CBC is reporting that Details include 45 billion on large capital purchases, including ships, search and rescue aircraft, next generation fighters, and land combat vehicles.

The document also outlines 6 core missions for Canada’s military. They are:

· Defending Canada’s Sovereignty

· Supporting major events in Canada, such as the 2010 Olympics

· Responding to terrorist attacks

· Providing aid to civilian authorities during natural disasters and other crises

· Conducting major international missions, such as the one in Afghanistan

· And, maintaining troop levels to commit to other smaller international missions.