A recent National Defence audit has come back with surprising results, finding that many of Canada’s military bases are falling apart because of a lack of funding for maintenance. This should appall Canadians because these bases house the men and women tasked with keeping this country safe.
The main concern outlined in the audit is the risk of future electrical outages and sewer backups at the bases. An electrical outage could mean lost communications, which could be very bad for security. It would be the same if this was happening at local fire halls or police stations.
We have to think of health as well. The soldiers and military personnel are not the only ones who call these bases a temporary home. As people may recall, some bases are currently housing some of the Syrian refugees brought to this country. A sewer backup or a loss of heating could be very bad for all that use or live on these bases.
The Trudeau led Liberal government has not confirmed to media whether they are going to put funding into these military bases or not. With a platform that promised more money for Canadian infrastructure, it should become a priority for the government.
However, without action soon, mainly an injection of funding, this problem could become much worse then it has already proven to be. This is a situation that needs to be dealt with now, for the sake of health concerns as well as national security concerns.
To their credit, the government is taking some action on this problem. They are changing the way the military handles its properties, taking the power from the caretakers and making it a responsibility for the government to handle.
This was put off by the previous federal government, and now it is time for the Liberals to prove they are different, by making this a top priority now.
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