Canada’s New Chief Of Defence Staff is Lt-Gen Thomas Lawson

After a summer of speculation, the Minister of National Defence finally named Canada’s next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on August 27. Lt-Gen Thomas Lawson will replace General Walt Natynczyk, though no date has been set for the official ceremony.

Lawson is a lifetime soldier, having gotten his education at Kingston’s Royal Military College. Now Lawson will be the voice of the Canadian Forces as the debate continues in Parliament on Canada’s purchase of 65 new fighter jets to replace the aging CF-18s. Lawson happens to be a former fighter pilot in the Air Force, so he’s in a perfect position to explain what Canada really needs and what requirements the F-35 jet fulfills.

Lawson has previously stated that the F-35 is the “only aircraft for the future.”

When asked by reporters at the press conference following the announcement of his appointment, he said only that the F-35 will continue to contend for the replacements of the CF-18s.

He will also be working closely with American forces, which is something he’s used to as a current Deputy Commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD, best known among the general population for their Santa tracking). He also attended the US Air Force staff college at Montgomery, Alabama. Lawson also wrote an essay suggesting that Canada needs to revisit a past decision to not participate in the US ballistic missile defence system.

Being friendly with Americans is a top qualifier for Canada’s CDS, given the shared border and the power the US wields.

Lawson will serve a four year term as CDS.

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Vicky P.
Vicky P5 years ago


Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago

Please sign this?

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago


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Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago

Since the interesting and important political Canadian stuff this might have better gone with seems to have become difficult to locate while people were busy elsewhere, I'm posting this here.

Although considering that our health care system is one of our programs being trashed to benefit industry and play war games with the lives of people in multiple countries for oil/construction/whatever companies or other governments, maybe this IS appropriate.

Please, any Canadians popping in here, send notice to your MP via this petition to fight for the reproductive rights of Canadian women.

Mine is a Con/Harper drone, so I'm not expecting anything more than from all the other petitions I've sent her - a nice letter explaining that what I'm protesting is just fine - but I'll post what I personalized mine with.

Frankly, I'd be dead if I hadn't been able to have an abortion.

The problems I'd been having involved an undiagnosed issue that later proved to be a 6 pound fibroid tumour - much of which failed to show on an ultrasound when I was eventually sent to a specialist - in my (surgically removed as a result) uterus, crushing my internal organs and causing increasingly major blood loss.

Because it was undiagnosed, my husband and I had to go to a Morgentaler Clinic and pay for the procedure, but at least I was able to have it, although the physical problems at that time caused such a drop in my blood pressu

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago

Harper may be a war-monger - Canadians aren't.

Traditionally/ideally, we're a nation of peace-keepers who only go to war to prevent countries FROM being invaded or to chase invaders out; we're not supposed to be in on the invading ourselves.

We also aren't supposed to have Republicans here, or keep in power parties that have cheated their way in so that we're stuck with criminals expressing and implementing traitorous plans to destroy Canada and leave her unrecognisable.

He has no business trashing our health care system and using our tax money for warplanes that have also been described as a bad bargain, to say the least.

There seems to be no limit to Harper's lunacy and incompetence, part of the reason he hides and gag orders so much public business.

He may have appointed someone to Election's Canada who's willing to lie on his behalf, but he's not fooling all that many people.

Although I don't expect he's capable of caring about that...

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Cheryl I.
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Thank you.

Stephen Brian
Stephen Brian5 years ago

The F-35 is badly over-budget, its stealth is not all it was cracked up to be, and it may be based upon some outdated concepts. It cannot be afforded in the numbers that could be achieved with other planes and its performance does not make up the difference. There may be, however, three major points in its favour:

First, Canada uses its forces primarily in cooperation with U.S.-led initiatives. If the U.S. also goes for the F-35, then maintenance would require the same parts and expertise. That would simplify the logistics and could substantially reduce costs of deployment. That said, apparently Canada may now be the major military force of the Arctic with Russian equipment being so outdated. If we really invested in power-projection, Canada could actually become a major independent military force, able to easily pursue military objectives unilaterally. In that case, this may not be such an advantage.

Second, the F-35 is built for fast maintenance (though apparently not for certain components mounted on the engine). This may lead to reduced maintenance-times, allowing them to fly missions more often while deployed. As it is not the absolute number of planes that really matters these days, but the number that are ready to fly, these 65 planes would act like a larger number, able to fly more missions in a given time than 65 other planes would. I don't have the numbers so I don't know if that would make them worthwhile.

Third, it was designed with modern technology in m

Liz Edwards
Joan Edwards5 years ago

What do we need the F-35 planes for anyway? What a waste of money. If you ask me it sounds like we are preparing to go to war. Scary thought. Canada at war. Why don't we just stay home and mind our own business? There's a lot to worry about right here on home turf. The War of The People v/s The Harper Govn't. Now there's a war worth fighting but we don't need fighter jets do we? Or are they planning on using them against us, their own citizens? Much like Syria.
Harper is a deceitful low lying blood sucker who would just as easily shoot you as he would deny you your rights.

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan H5 years ago