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True North strong? Chronic neglect has pushed Canada’s military into a crisis – MLI

March 28, 2024

Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him.”

Sun Tzu’s advice rings as true today as it did when the Chinese military strategist wrote The Art of War around the fifth century BC. In a perfect world, a desire for peace is enough. But an imperfect world demands preparation for the worst. Unfortunately, when it comes to Canada’s military, we’re simply not ready for anything, says the author of this issue’s cover story.

In “True North Strong?” historian J.L. Granatstein argues that chronic underfunding, recruiting woes, and an unnecessarily woke “culture change” have left Canada’s military unprepared to meet the threats of an increasingly dangerous world.

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