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View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. Through you to the witnesses, thank you for attending today.
Minister, I have two questions. The first one is that I don't really believe that Canadians have been properly advised—especially given your two portfolios—about the minority groups in Canada that you've talked about who are being targeted by ISIS, and about Canada's military mission and why it's needed.
Secondly, we're talking about military missions, but Canada's strategy and our government's initiatives have a humanitarian nature to them and a broader scope.
Could you talk about those two issues?
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CPC (ON)
Thank you.
Could you talk about the government's broader scope and initiatives in the area? We talk about the military equipment, etc., but we're also doing humanitarian work in these areas.
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
There is one other quick topic because of course it's been in the news recently. President Obama announced that the United States would be sending approximately 400 additional troops to Iraq.
Can you speak to whether there are any plans to expand our Canadian Armed Forces' role in Iraq?
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CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and through you to the witnesses, thank you for being here today.
Minister Kenney, our government recently increased DND's escalator to 2%. In the coming years, that will increase to 3%. You've already indicated several areas in which this will impact DND and Canadian Forces long-term funding. I've always believed that politics are all local and that the people who pay their taxes that we're spending on our Canadian military need to know in practical terms what that means to the Canadian Armed Forces and to them.
You've mentioned, of course, that the budget keeps increasing—personnel, salaries, etc.—but what can they look forward to with these additional funds that they can be proud of in regard to what their government is doing for them?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you for mentioning that. Having been in uniform for 30 years, I know how important it is to have the proper uniform and equipment to do your job.
When I asked about the practical implications, that development at CFB Trenton—which is currently in my riding and will be in the new Bay of Quinte riding—means more than just the $800-million-plus that we've spent on infrastructure at the base. What it means to the community, Minister, as I think you've reminded me of in the past, is that payments in lieu of taxes go to that municipality so they can complete their infrastructure and the municipality doesn't have to raise taxes on the local people. Those kinds of investments at our bases, etc., have a multiplier effect.
My next question would be for Minister Fantino.
Thank you for being here, Minister. The main estimates show that there is an increase of $16.1 million to the Communications Security Establishment to further support their mandate. Without getting into any details on specific operations, because I know there is confidentiality around that, can you explain why this is necessary to protect the interests of Canadians in this new day and age?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Minister.
Minister Kenney, another important element that we've been talking about, and it's substantive and once again relates to CFB Trenton and many other locations, is the Canadian Forces' search and rescue function. Can you comment on the current state of Canada's search and rescue equipment and any plans to replace and upgrade this equipment?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
Mr. Minister, in previous questioning my Liberal friend across the way failed to mention a $600 million cheque written by the then Liberal government for the cancellation of the EH-101s, which we now have to buy at about two or three...and you can comment on the real cost of that. Today translated—I am told by military personnel who are now retired, because they don't speak when they're not retired—that would equate to over $1 billion in today's dollars, well in excess....
Of course, one of the great purchases by the previous government for a buck was some submarines that at a great cost now are of benefit to our navy. I wonder if you could comment on how much it cost to refurbish those?
In regard to improvements to the LAVs , the previous Liberal member in my riding talked to my Rotary club about this great deal for us that we know had no safety components, and of course we now have improved LAVs and I know that our government improved their capabilities because of the experience in Afghanistan.
I think one of the benefits to our soldiers was the use of the Chinooks in Afghanistan so they wouldn't have to drive over roads peppered with IEDs. We had to buy back or borrow Chinook helicopters from the Dutch, I believe, that still had Canadian markings on. Now we have of course ordered Chinooks.
All politics are local. At CFB Trenton I was present when the then leader of the opposition, along with Mr. O'Connor, who was your predecessor as Minister of Defence, talked about our strategic and tactical lift, which means a lot to the people of Trenton because to facilitate those two abilities of our air force, we had to begin a huge capital project—and not only at CFB Trenton.
So I wonder if you might like to comment on some of the issues that I have brought up?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
To the witness, thank you for being here today, and congratulations on your appointment. I hope you feel as good at the end of it as you feel right now, because I have a deep suspicion that events in the new world, which you in your previous job with CSEC are very much aware of.... It's on that experience I'm going to ask a couple of questions.
Having worked as a public servant for 30 years, I know that the vast majority.... As a matter of fact, when I say “vast”, I mean that the vast majority of public servants know the bounds within which they must operate and at each level of accountability must make sure that those are constant, that superiors to subordinates are constantly....
My question is simple, since we are televised. We hear in the news about CSEC. Now you're going to be dealing with confidential information and those types of things in your cooperation with CSEC. Do you feel that the communication, the flow of information from one silo to another—there are silos, we know that—could be improved on? Do you feel that you can bring in that intimate knowledge of the differences in each of the silos? You have had a very great career with the federal government in senior positions to be able to say that information flows the way it should flow.
Do you feel that there could be improvements to the flow of information, especially in the times we are in, in dealing with terrorism and the interconnectivity of every asset of government and what terrorists like to do? Do you feel there could be improvements? Do you feel that in your capacity you will be able to make those known to your political bosses as well as your confreres in other departments? How do you feel that this could occur?
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
I'll let you make your objection, and I'll tell you what—
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CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
Mr. Chair, if you'll listen to the question, I basically said, do you feel that you could speak to your confreres in other departments freely and offer them information as to how we could do that, and then bring it to the attention of your supervisor? I did not ask him to talk about policy.
View Rick Norlock Profile
CPC (ON)
So far with DND you've had some challenges, obviously, I think you intimated that in your introduction. I wonder if you could address the challenges and how you feel you can overcome those challenges.
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