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Scott Taylor is editor and publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine.

Canada’s military procurement: a laundry list of broken promises

Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 22, 2024
Close followers of the Canadian Armed Forces have good reason to believe that little of what is promised in the defence policy update released by Defence Minister Bill Blair on April 8 will ever see the light of day, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 22, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 22, 2024
Close followers of the Canadian Armed Forces have good reason to believe that little of what is promised in the defence policy update released by Defence Minister Bill Blair on April 8 will ever see the light of day, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 15, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair took two years to unveil the defence policy update, which is not an ‘urgent’ response in any universe, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 15, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 15, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair took two years to unveil the defence policy update, which is not an ‘urgent’ response in any universe, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 8, 2024
Victorious Canadians going out for a rest in May 1917 after the fighting on Vimy Ridge. Scott Taylor writes that he has long challenged the premise that Canada fighting an imperial war to aid Britain somehow reflects our independence as a nation. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 8, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 8, 2024
Victorious Canadians going out for a rest in May 1917 after the fighting on Vimy Ridge. Scott Taylor writes that he has long challenged the premise that Canada fighting an imperial war to aid Britain somehow reflects our independence as a nation. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 1, 2024
A Leopard 2A4 tank is unloaded from an RCAF CC-177 on Feb. 5, 2023, as part of Canada’s aid to Ukraine. DND photograph by Master Corporal Desiree Bourdon
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 1, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | April 1, 2024
A Leopard 2A4 tank is unloaded from an RCAF CC-177 on Feb. 5, 2023, as part of Canada’s aid to Ukraine. DND photograph by Master Corporal Desiree Bourdon
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 25, 2024
The blockbuster Top Gun sequel didn’t send hordes of young men and women racing to the nearest RCAF recruiting centre, and if it had, the depleted RCAF Fighter Wing is hard pressed to absorb them, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Cpl. Manuela Berger
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 25, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 25, 2024
The blockbuster Top Gun sequel didn’t send hordes of young men and women racing to the nearest RCAF recruiting centre, and if it had, the depleted RCAF Fighter Wing is hard pressed to absorb them, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Cpl. Manuela Berger
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 18, 2024
The current odds-on favourite to get the nod is Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 18, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 18, 2024
The current odds-on favourite to get the nod is Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 11, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair openly admitted in a March 7 speech that the CAF is in terrible shape, but made no concrete announcements towards fixing it, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 11, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 11, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair openly admitted in a March 7 speech that the CAF is in terrible shape, but made no concrete announcements towards fixing it, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 4, 2024
French President Emmanuel Macron’s fellow NATO state leaders aren’t lining up to back his proposal that alliance members help out Ukraine with combat forces on an ‘official basis.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 4, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | March 4, 2024
French President Emmanuel Macron’s fellow NATO state leaders aren’t lining up to back his proposal that alliance members help out Ukraine with combat forces on an ‘official basis.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 26, 2024
The gap between authorized strength and service members in uniform will only widen as the senior leadership are failing miserably in both recruiting new candidates and retaining trained soldiers, sailors, and aircrew, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Sailor First Class Alexandra Proulx
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 26, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 26, 2024
The gap between authorized strength and service members in uniform will only widen as the senior leadership are failing miserably in both recruiting new candidates and retaining trained soldiers, sailors, and aircrew, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Sailor First Class Alexandra Proulx
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 19, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair’s Feb. 15 announcement week was simply the result of a months’-long competition for a low-level air-defence system that began in January 2023, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 19, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 19, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair’s Feb. 15 announcement week was simply the result of a months’-long competition for a low-level air-defence system that began in January 2023, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 12, 2024
Having homeless veterans across Canada is a tragedy. Having homeless serving members is a national disgrace, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Sgt. JF Lauzã
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 12, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 12, 2024
Having homeless veterans across Canada is a tragedy. Having homeless serving members is a national disgrace, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Sgt. JF Lauzã
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 5, 2024
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre appears as a witness before the House National Defence Committee on Sept. 28, 2023. Recommendations to fix the military’s culture through new dress and deportment regulations, and a few new pieces of kit will not put Humpty Dumpty back together again. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 5, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | February 5, 2024
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre appears as a witness before the House National Defence Committee on Sept. 28, 2023. Recommendations to fix the military’s culture through new dress and deportment regulations, and a few new pieces of kit will not put Humpty Dumpty back together again. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 29, 2024
Ukraine’s military desperately needs artillery ammunition, drones, combat aircraft, low-level air defence systems, and manpower, but as Defence Minister Bill Blair announced on Jan. 23, Canada is sending them 10 Zodiac boats instead, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 29, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 29, 2024
Ukraine’s military desperately needs artillery ammunition, drones, combat aircraft, low-level air defence systems, and manpower, but as Defence Minister Bill Blair announced on Jan. 23, Canada is sending them 10 Zodiac boats instead, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 22, 2024
Canadian Armed Forces members participate in a tree-planting exercise as part of Operation Reassurance at Camp Adazi Training Area in Latvia on May 5, 2023. The orderly conduct of the Canadian contingent in Latvia made Russian misinformation fizzle on impact, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Corporal Darren McDonald
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 22, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 22, 2024
Canadian Armed Forces members participate in a tree-planting exercise as part of Operation Reassurance at Camp Adazi Training Area in Latvia on May 5, 2023. The orderly conduct of the Canadian contingent in Latvia made Russian misinformation fizzle on impact, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Corporal Darren McDonald
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 15, 2024
With the advent of technology, crew sizes in conventional warships can be drastically reduced and the future of military aviation is unmanned drones, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by S1 Taylor Congdon
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 15, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 15, 2024
With the advent of technology, crew sizes in conventional warships can be drastically reduced and the future of military aviation is unmanned drones, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by S1 Taylor Congdon
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 8, 2024
A door gunner with the Tactical Aviation Detachment watches out of a CH-146 Griffon helicopter during Operation Impact on Sept. 27, 2017. Photograph courtesy of the Department of National Defence
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 8, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 8, 2024
A door gunner with the Tactical Aviation Detachment watches out of a CH-146 Griffon helicopter during Operation Impact on Sept. 27, 2017. Photograph courtesy of the Department of National Defence
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 3, 2024
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, meets with U.S. President Joe Biden in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 20, 2023. The new American strategy is aimed at bolstering Ukraine's defensive positions in advance of any peace negotiations, writes Scott Taylor. White House photograph by Adam Schultz
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 3, 2024
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | January 3, 2024
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, meets with U.S. President Joe Biden in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 20, 2023. The new American strategy is aimed at bolstering Ukraine's defensive positions in advance of any peace negotiations, writes Scott Taylor. White House photograph by Adam Schultz
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 27, 2023
Chief of Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre, left, and Defence Minister Bill Blair attend a House National Defence Committee meeting on Sept. 28, 2023. In the past year, Canada has announced more than $30-billion in new defence contracts, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 27, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 27, 2023
Chief of Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre, left, and Defence Minister Bill Blair attend a House National Defence Committee meeting on Sept. 28, 2023. In the past year, Canada has announced more than $30-billion in new defence contracts, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 18, 2023
Unfortunately, without a major uptake in recruiting and training to bring the Canadian Armed Forces back to full strength, the coming year will be a steep challenge, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Cplc Laura Landry
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 18, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 18, 2023
Unfortunately, without a major uptake in recruiting and training to bring the Canadian Armed Forces back to full strength, the coming year will be a steep challenge, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Cplc Laura Landry
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 11, 2023
Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee knows that you cannot sugarcoat reality to those in the Royal Canadian Navy who are living and toiling in its midst, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Private Daniel Pereira
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 11, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 11, 2023
Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee knows that you cannot sugarcoat reality to those in the Royal Canadian Navy who are living and toiling in its midst, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Private Daniel Pereira
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 4, 2023
While emphatically insisting to media that all steps were taken by the CAF instructors to identify potential extremists, military leaders also conceded that Ukraine is a sovereign country, and as such, the vetting of recruits is their responsibility, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Corporal Eric Greico
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 4, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 4, 2023
While emphatically insisting to media that all steps were taken by the CAF instructors to identify potential extremists, military leaders also conceded that Ukraine is a sovereign country, and as such, the vetting of recruits is their responsibility, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Corporal Eric Greico
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 27, 2023
Michael Spavor, left, is seeking a settlement from the Canadian government after alleging he was detained in China because he unwittingly provided intelligence on North Korea to Canada and allied spy services through Michael Kovrig. Photograph courtesy of X and the International Crisis Group
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 27, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 27, 2023
Michael Spavor, left, is seeking a settlement from the Canadian government after alleging he was detained in China because he unwittingly provided intelligence on North Korea to Canada and allied spy services through Michael Kovrig. Photograph courtesy of X and the International Crisis Group
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 20, 2023
A senior officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force has been charged after the Canada Border Services Agency seized various prohibited weapons including handguns, assault rifles, shot guns, ammunition, and magazines in October 2023. Photograph courtesy of the CBSA
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 20, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 20, 2023
A senior officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force has been charged after the Canada Border Services Agency seized various prohibited weapons including handguns, assault rifles, shot guns, ammunition, and magazines in October 2023. Photograph courtesy of the CBSA
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 13, 2023
Canadian Forces soldiers from Joint Task Force Afghanistan Roto 4 participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony held at Kandahar Airfield, Nov. 11, 2007. DND photograph by Cplc Robert Bottrill
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 13, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 13, 2023
Canadian Forces soldiers from Joint Task Force Afghanistan Roto 4 participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony held at Kandahar Airfield, Nov. 11, 2007. DND photograph by Cplc Robert Bottrill
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 6, 2023
Unlike major wars of the past, there are fewer modern conflicts where the Canadian military’s participation has led to a clear-cut victorious outcome, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 6, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | November 6, 2023
Unlike major wars of the past, there are fewer modern conflicts where the Canadian military’s participation has led to a clear-cut victorious outcome, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 30, 2023
If we are to take General Wayne Eyre’s, right, assessment to heart that we are already at war, we must also take stock of Canada’s current state of military readiness—and the situation is not good, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 30, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 30, 2023
If we are to take General Wayne Eyre’s, right, assessment to heart that we are already at war, we must also take stock of Canada’s current state of military readiness—and the situation is not good, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 23, 2023
Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan was appointed as the Canadian Armed Forces’ professional conduct and culture chief in 2021 in bid to change the channel on the military’s history with systemic misconduct. DND photograph by Pvt. Hugo Montpetit
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 23, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 23, 2023
Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan was appointed as the Canadian Armed Forces’ professional conduct and culture chief in 2021 in bid to change the channel on the military’s history with systemic misconduct. DND photograph by Pvt. Hugo Montpetit
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 16, 2023
Members of multiple nations conduct a firepower demonstration for media and special guests during Operation Reassurance at Camp Adazi, Latvia, on March 29, 2023. Photograph courtesy of the Canadian Armed Forces
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 16, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 16, 2023
Members of multiple nations conduct a firepower demonstration for media and special guests during Operation Reassurance at Camp Adazi, Latvia, on March 29, 2023. Photograph courtesy of the Canadian Armed Forces
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 9, 2023
At a Sept. 28 House Defence Committee meeting, Chief of Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre admitted that trimming nearly $1-billion from the DND budget would have an impact on operations, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 9, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 9, 2023
At a Sept. 28 House Defence Committee meeting, Chief of Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre admitted that trimming nearly $1-billion from the DND budget would have an impact on operations, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 2, 2023
As Canada’s top soldier, General Wayne Eyre represents every serving member and veteran in the country and it’s a career officer of his rank would be so ignorant of military history as to not realize that Yaroslav Hunka must be a Nazi soldier, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 2, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | October 2, 2023
As Canada’s top soldier, General Wayne Eyre represents every serving member and veteran in the country and it’s a career officer of his rank would be so ignorant of military history as to not realize that Yaroslav Hunka must be a Nazi soldier, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 25, 2023
Vice-Admiral J.R. Auchterlonie, commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, speaks to the Canadian Armed Forces members tasked with training recruits of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during Operation Unifier in the United Kingdom on May 18. DND photograph by Corporal Marco Tijam
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 25, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 25, 2023
Vice-Admiral J.R. Auchterlonie, commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, speaks to the Canadian Armed Forces members tasked with training recruits of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during Operation Unifier in the United Kingdom on May 18. DND photograph by Corporal Marco Tijam
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 18, 2023
Instead of replacing the aging Polaris fleet, surely it would be cheaper and a better use of resources for the various government departments to simply charter the passenger flights on an ‘as-required’ basis, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 18, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 18, 2023
Instead of replacing the aging Polaris fleet, surely it would be cheaper and a better use of resources for the various government departments to simply charter the passenger flights on an ‘as-required’ basis, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 13, 2023
The skyline of Russia's capital is now speckled with modern skyscrapers built within the last two decades. Photograph courtesy of Scott Taylor
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 13, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 13, 2023
The skyline of Russia's capital is now speckled with modern skyscrapers built within the last two decades. Photograph courtesy of Scott Taylor
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 11, 2023
The HMCS Ottawa flies the Battle Ensign during a photo exercise while transiting the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 26, 2023. The ship was among an allied battle group East China Sea that encountered a pair of Chinese warship in the East China Sea last week. DND photograph by Aviator Gregory Cole
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 11, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 11, 2023
The HMCS Ottawa flies the Battle Ensign during a photo exercise while transiting the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 26, 2023. The ship was among an allied battle group East China Sea that encountered a pair of Chinese warship in the East China Sea last week. DND photograph by Aviator Gregory Cole
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 4, 2023
For the men and women of 8 Wing, the charges against Col. Leif Dahl, left, are the second time the trust in their leadership and chain of command have been challenged in recent memory, writes Scott Taylor. Photographs courtesy of DND, Lieutenant Kurt Visser
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 4, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | September 4, 2023
For the men and women of 8 Wing, the charges against Col. Leif Dahl, left, are the second time the trust in their leadership and chain of command have been challenged in recent memory, writes Scott Taylor. Photographs courtesy of DND, Lieutenant Kurt Visser
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 28, 2023
Russian authorities say Wagner Group mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin is dead following an Aug. 23 plane crash north of Moscow, but almost nothing in Russian politics is exactly as it seems, writes Scott Taylor. Screenshot courtesy of the BBC
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 28, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 28, 2023
Russian authorities say Wagner Group mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin is dead following an Aug. 23 plane crash north of Moscow, but almost nothing in Russian politics is exactly as it seems, writes Scott Taylor. Screenshot courtesy of the BBC
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 21, 2023
Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, mentor Ukrainian recruits during a trench clearance on Operation Unifier, on Feb. 2 in the United Kingdom. Since the spring of 2015, Canada’s Operation Unifier has trained more than 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Corporal Eric Greico
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 21, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 21, 2023
Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, mentor Ukrainian recruits during a trench clearance on Operation Unifier, on Feb. 2 in the United Kingdom. Since the spring of 2015, Canada’s Operation Unifier has trained more than 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Corporal Eric Greico
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 14, 2023
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian military is no longer the parade square paper tigers that rolled across the Ukraine border in February 2022, writes Scott Taylor. Photographs courtesy of President of Ukraine/Flickr and Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 14, 2023
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | August 14, 2023