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Afghan children greet a Canadian soldier with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, patrolling Salavat, Panjwayi district, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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This series grew out of the question, where does the Canadian military go after Afghanistan? Would the Canadian public support a similar mission in the future? Should we return to a peace-keeping role? Beyond those issues, the series examined other aspects of the Canadian military. Some of those issues included:

  • How important is Arctic defence to our military strategy?

  • What role does the Canadian navy play and can its potential be realized without a significant equipment update?

  • How do governments go about winning public support for often messy and open-ended conflicts?

  • Canada has repeatedly said no to a mission in the Congo. Can we continue to neglect failing UN missions?

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  3. How much is Arctic security worth? Canada must decide if it wants to spend $16-billion for sophisticated fighter jets to patrol its northern boundary. Then add a link More...

Top scored Catalyst comment

The discussion should start with building a consensus on what Canada's strategic interests are and what role the military should play in supporting them. The debate must rise above partisan politics and any single minority ideology... MGAEdwards

Top scored Reader comment

Exactly the way it should be. Canada needs to play a constructive role in the world - seeking to reduce violence rather than contribute to it. Kjell Anderson

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Part 1: Has Canada failed in Afghanistan? Featuring defence analyst Peter Langille, Ret. Lt-Gen. Michael Jeffery and Globe reporter Campbell Clark. More...

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Will having a strong military be more or less important in the future?

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  • 48% More important

  • 26% Less important

  • 25% Same importance as today


Canada has a moral duty to help where help from the international community is desperately needed; places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, where mass rape is being used as a weapon of war. The reality is that if Canada is to help continue to play a military role beyond its airspace and coastal waters, then it will need battle-ready soldiers and state-of-the-art weaponry. The Globe and Mail

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