The sorry state of Canada's proud Navy

It is truly a strange time in the wacky world of Canadian politics when our cash-strapped navy finds a champion in the New Democratic Party. Yet that is exactly what happened when word leaked out last week that budget constraints were forcing the navy brass to cut operational readiness to the bone.

DND Photo: Cpl. Peter Reed
Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, chief of the Navy, initially ordered major cuts to the service’s operational capabilities. That order was lated rescinded at the behest of Defence Minister Peter MacKay.
Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 05/19/2010 12:00 am EDT

It is truly a strange time in the wacky world of Canadian politics when our cash-strapped navy finds a champion in the New Democratic Party. Yet that is exactly what happened when word leaked out last week that budget constraints were forcing the navy brass to cut operational readiness to the bone.

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