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Letter: Defence spending expected to fall despite Liberal promise

Dear Editor: “Defence spending expected to fall despite Liberal promise”. This brings back a memory of former Liberal Prime Minister Chretien and Paul Martin.

Dear Editor: “Defence spending expected to fall despite Liberal promise”.

This brings back a memory of former Liberal Prime Minister Chretien and Paul Martin.

As a former military member who spent a lifetime career in the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces in the defence of Canada, and in support of Canada’s Allies, to put down tyranny and injustice of people, to have a better life, I feel a responsibility to support this system; not only for our sake, and all Canadians, but those who know and have experienced the harshness that comes under the heel of the oppressor.

Our country seldom recognizes the very people that have allowed us the rights and freedoms that so many take for granted.

We must never give up what these brave men fought and died for.

Looking back over several decades, there is an old lesson to be re-learned in Canada from the sorry epilogue of the Avro Arrow. National security cannot be procured on the cheap. Political leaders in democratic countries have always tended to shy away from that unpalatable truth. And yet, how many times in recent history have those same politicians, who shrank from asking the electorate to spend money on national security, unhesitatingly and shamelessly asked the country’s youth to lay down their lives to restore it?

A veteran from long ago,
John Fefchak CD
(CWO ret.), Virden