• Parliament Neglects its Duty to Debate Military Deployments

    • May 7, 2014

    by Philippe Lagassé

    Published in the Ottawa Citizen, May 6, 2014

    It is easy to blame Parliament’s failings on an excess of executive power in our system of government. In certain cases, however, the legislature is the source of …

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  • How Canada Goes to War

    • December 3, 2013

    by Philippe Lagassé

    Canada’s military training mission in Afghanistan will end in 2014. When the Canadian Forces are next sent overseas, members of Parliament will likely vote on the mission. The Conservative government has made it a point to consult …

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  • Defence Procurement Problems Run Deeper Than the F-35

    • December 10, 2012

    by Philippe Lagassé

    Published in the Ottawa Citizen, December 6, 2012

    It’s been a rough year for Canadian defence procurement.

    This past spring, the Auditor General lambasted the defence department’s lack of due diligence in selecting the F-35 to …

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  • The F-35 is Down but Not Out as Canada’s Next Fighter

    • November 30, 2012

    by Philippe Lagassé

    The Harper government recently announced that the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat (NFPS) will be looking at various options to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s. This comes at a time when the news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, …

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