$5.3 Billion Northern Water Defense

Stephen Harper has promised to spend $5.3 billion on three armed heavy icebreaking ships, an eventual deep-water port in Iqaluit, and an underwater network of listening posts to ensure that Canada is aware of foreign subs in our Northern waters.

Am I an idiot – or is there really a cause for concern with having subs in our northern waters?

Ideally we’d know when there were any subs in our northern waters, don’t get me wrong, but what are they going to be able to do, so far away from any of our resources or population?

The CBC article I read about this mentions that this $5.3 billion is to defend our norther waters from the Americans, Russians, and the Danes. I was under the impression that we are on good terms with all three of those countries – is there something that no one’s telling me?

$5.3 Billion – did I mention that? I think that works out to about $177 for every single man, woman, and child in Canada…and I’m sure a good chunk of our population isn’t paying too much in tax – so it’s likely much more than that per person.

What are your thoughts? Do you know of anything that needs to be defended underwater in our North? What would the Russians, Americans, or Danes be looking for under the North Pole?

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