That is, until one realizes that "Canada Command" will not possess any dedicated resources beyond a handful of staff officers. Last December when the tsunami shattered southeast Asia, Canada’s Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) clearly illustrated the folly of such a concept. Without dedicated personnel or equipment, it took nearly two weeks for DART to scrape together its’ "rapid response" team from bases across Canada – and then had to rent two Russian cargo planes to transport them to Sri Lanka.-Canadian Military
Harper's Military Plans Only Please Bush, Not Canadians
by Barbara Bedont and Erika Simpson
Embassy, 15 February 2006 (Same magazine ragging Harper Today?)
OTTAWA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A specialized Canadian military team arrived in earthquake-ravaged Haiti Thursday aboard a C-17 aircraft containing a portable hospital.
The 20-member Disaster Assistance Response Team took off from Canadian Forces Base Trenton (Ontario) in the morning and a second C-17 took off in the afternoon.In Halifax, Nova Scotia, two Canadian warships with 500 sailors and tons of relief supplies also got under way for Haiti in what Defense Minister Peter MacKay told reporters was "record time," the Globe and Mail reported.
The mobile hospital can treat 250 walk-in patients per day and house 10 in-patients. The team also took water purification equipment, communications gear and rescue equipment such as concrete cutters and chain saws, the military said.The federal government announced it would match all personal relief donations up to a maximum of $50 million, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said.-UPI
You decide, if a modern well equipped military capable of delivering AID in a timely manner is important.
You decide, it's your Canada.