Canada First Defence...Speech?

Published: Wednesday, 05/14/2008 12:00 am EDT

After years of waiting for a comprehensive strategy for the future development of the Canadian Forces, stakeholders got a 10-minute speech from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a 700-word address from Defence Minister Peter MacKay . The speeches were delivered Monday. When asked by the Ottawa Citizen when the actual Canada First Defence Strategy would be released, Mr. MacKay's press secretary Jay Paxton replied: "It is a strategy that you heard enunciated by the prime minister and Minister MacKay.... It is not a 'document' like a white paper—it is the vision delivered today for long-term planning for the CF." He added: "As such, the speeches are the strategy." Last year, the Canadian Forces produced a 39-page Canada First Strategy for the government, but this was reportedly rejected for being too specific.

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