LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember what others fought, died for

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Re: Ottawa fast-tracks weapon purchases as military commanders warn of numerous other gaps. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 9)

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Opinion

Re: Ottawa fast-tracks weapon purchases as military commanders warn of numerous other gaps. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 9)

Ever since 1945, Canada has had a change of government, averaging about every eight to 12 years (Liberal/Conservative).

As a leader, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is not going to change things, and neither will the NDP.

I think the matter of will has to be from the people. And from what I am seeing, that’s not going to happen, either. So that leaves us with the wishy-washy, misguided attempts of the Liberals.

Defence on the cheap is a reminder that there is an old lesson to be re-learned in Canada from the sorry epilogue of the Avro Arrow.

National security cannot be procured on the cheap. Political leaders in democratic countries have always tended to shy away from that unpalatable truth.

And yet, how many times in recent history have those same politicians, who shrank from asking the electorate to spend money on national security, unhesitatingly asked the country’s youth to restore it?

Our country seldom recognizes the very people who have provided us the rights and freedoms, that so many now take for granted.

We must never give up what those brave men and women fought and died for.

JOHN FEFCHAK

Cold War veteran

Virden

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