By Mike Blanchfield, Canwest News Service in Canada:
Recession won’t slow military spending: MacKay
Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
OTTAWA — The global economic downturn won’t prevent the Canadian Forces from spending $60 billion on new equipment, Defence Minister Peter MacKay told the defence industry elite on Wednesday.
As he reiterated the Conservative government‘s ambitious spending plans for new military hardware — planes, ships and armoured vehicles — MacKay touted military contracts as a major stimulus for jobs in Canadian communities during hard economic times.
This is extreme Right voodoo economics (to quote United States President G. H. W. Bush just for once), Mr MacKay. Of course, the money going to the war profiteers now, will not go to other economic activities. Which will suffer, costing probably a lot more jobs than there will be in the war profiteers‘ corporations.
“The funding will be there, I assure you. It’s locked in,” MacKay told an audience of hundreds of industry and military representatives attending Canada’s largest security and defence trade show.
Yeah right. Unlike other funding, which actually benefits people instead of killing them, and which is not “locked in”.
Earlier this week, the finance minister said Canada’s deficit this year would soar to $50 billion, beyond the $34 billion in his most recent budget.
The report of MacKay’s speech continues, noting that he spoke about “the sustainable economic benefits” of throwing taxpayers’ money into the bottomless pit of war profiteering. Yeah right. MacKay is stealing the language of pro environment economists. However, the only thing “green” about wars is some of the military uniforms. Armed forces are destructive from an environmental viewpoint; even more so in ruinous wars.
MacKay said the government’s long-term defence strategy would grow this year’s $19-billion annual defence budget to $30 billion by 2027. Over that time, that will mean close to $490 billion in defence spending, including $60 billion on new equipment.
If Conservatives are still in power by 2027, then it may turn out even worse. And, oh yeah, cut the hypocritical cant about “defence”; as Canadian soldiers are not dying while stopping foreign armies from occupying Canada, but for pipelines thousands of miles away in Afghanistan.
That means [United States] American defence giants such as Boeing and Lockeed [sic; Lockheed] Martin, who have received more than $1.5 billion in contracts in the last 18 months must now spend that much money in Canada, he said.
How would Boeing, Lockheed, and other US war profiteers respond if McKay would ever try to make that pious wish reality, not just propaganda words? They will say that it is against “free enterprise” for big corporations; to which Mr MacKay and his party themselves subscribe.
The president needs to ban Lockheed Martin and all other government contractors that get more than half their revenues from government from engaging in any political activities at all. Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for this lobbying: here.