Isn’t it interesting that whenever a politician or military analyst/pundit suggests Canada needs an aircraft carrier, leftists in Ottawa jump all over the suggestion, ridiculing it and telling us how old-fashioned the idea is. Yet today we get news from Reuters that China—the ultimate leftist nation—is building two aircraft carriers as part of a military modernization program—this in addition to another carrier, a former Soviet vessel, which it bought from Ukraine in 1998.
The arguments against Canada having such a vessel (regardless of what we call it) are almost always made by civilians with little or no real knowledge of our armed forces or naval requirements—for example, Liberal and NDP politicians. The United States, don’t you know, has a responsibility to protect us—I only hope someone has told them that.
What would someone like Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie know about such things? In a speech back in 2003, the retired Canadian general told a conference on world conflict and the military, “we need two small aircraft carriers. … Think Ark Royal, like in the U.K., carrying vertical, short take-off aircraft.” Or how about Stephen Saunders, editor of Janes Fighting Ships, who has said that several small nations are thinking of buying carriers.
Eleven of the world’s navies operate, or are about to operate, various classes of aircraft carriers—Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, U.K and U.S. And according to reports, Australia has plans to purchase a carrier.
So what does China know that our home-grown leftist have missed?