Canadian military facing shortfall of personnel

The Conservative Government, under Stephen Harpers’ leadership has demonstrated to young people that armed services in Canada won’t be supported and appreciated after they have come home from missions overseas . Shame on Julian Fantino. Shame on Stephen Harper . The two of them should go ..together.. and have a beer at a local legion. This is where real advice and guidance can be found.

Ottawa Citizen

The Canadian Forces is short hundreds of full-time members and thousands of reservists, due in part to an unexpected spike in the number of personnel hanging up their uniforms and difficulties attracting and training new recruits.

The shortfall, expected to last years thanks to recent cuts to military recruitment and training, threatens to undermine the Conservative government’s longstanding promise not to cut the size of the military despite billions of dollars in spending reductions since 2012.

The federal Conservative government has publicly promised to keep 68,000 full-time military members and 27,000 reservists in uniform, even as defence spending has fallen by about $5.5 billion since 2012.

The pledge was part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s demand that the Canadian Forces provide “more teeth and less tail,” though some believed the promise was more about politics than protecting the military.

But a Defence Department report recently tabled in the House of…

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