Tuesday, April 11, 2006

begging again for more funds; and looking for recuits (you won't get my son, not now) ...

Hillier calls for money from Ottawa to rebuild aging fleet of ships, aircraft
April 11, 2006

Canada's top soldier wants more money for the military.

Canadian Forces Gen. Rick Hillier, chief of defence staff, says he's not ashamed to push the government for funding he says still hasn't returned to 1991 levels.

In a speech to a Toronto business audience, Hillier says military aircraft, ships, land vehicles and major systems have all deteriorated in recent years.

He says the Canadian Forces shouldn't have to wait 15 years for a new helicopter when he wants one by September.

Hillier also defended Canada's mission in Afghanistan, saying it is helping families rebuild their lives after years of peril.

He also encouraged Canadian youth to join the military, saying the forces need recruits.

also see:
Stick to your job, Hillier
April 10, 2006, The Chronicle Herald, SCOTT TAYLOR