What has been really bugging me lately is the ridiculous calls from some quarters to have the military replace the police as the main security force. Don Martin paraphrases Kevin Page in the National Post:
"Kevin Page may well quibble at the premium for deploying RCMP officers when Canadian soldiers could've been used without overtime costs."Craig Oliver asks similar questions here.
I take issue with this whole line of reasoning. $450 million is going to the RCMP alone. A large part of that is going towards overtime. I can't believe that people would suggest we deploy Canadian soldiers against Canadians to save money. The police will be putting themselves at significant risk and spending time away from their families. Are we saying they don't deserve overtime? We would rather send well trained peace officers home, and replace them with veteran warriors, because it will be cheaper?
This is insane. Nobody can be thinking this is a real option. Its just more gotcha politics. The military shall stay in reserve where they should be. They don't get overtime for a reason. They are not surplus general labour. The recently recovered 1,500 Kg of ammonium nitrate outlines the kind of things the military might have to deal with. I sincerely hope they are not called upon to serve long hours and extreme conditions right here in Canada.