The Maritimes become host to one of the worlds largest naval exercise,

the public safety minister shoots down a potentially troublesome firearms classification directive by his predecessor, and CAE bags some $10 million in defence contracts. This are the stories we’ll discuss on this episode of the Vanguard Podcast. But first the latest from Operation Honour….

You’ll probably remember near the end of August that the CDS, provided an update on Operation Honour. That’s the CAF’s campaign launch in 2015 in response to an investigation by Retired Justice Deschamp On sexual misconduct in the military. Justice Deschamp found “sexualized culture” within the armed forces And an edemic sexual culture condoned by the military leadership While Gen. Jonathan Vance reported last month, that 30 CAF members have been punished and 97 more investigations were being carried out He also warned people not to there would be no quick fixes. It seems the armed forces is getting down to cleaning up its ranks. Last week, it reported that two military personnel were facing sexual assault charges One of them is a Master Seaman who is being charged for allegedly sexually assaulting Another member of the HMCS Athabascan while the vessel in Nov of 20015. The other, is a sergeant in the Military Police Unit based in Halifax. The charged military personnel were identified in the released report although there were very little details accompanying the release. But still, I think this is a step in the right direction and sends the signal that the CAF is serious about Operation Honour and taking steps to be more transparent. We look forward to learning from the military as well what is happening to these charges and cases As they move along the military justice system Simulation and training company CAE has several updates that they were happy to share as well. The company, which has regional operations in Canada, reported that it recently won in excess of $120 million in defence contracts. Topping the list was an agreement to provide aircrew training services and courseware development program for the US the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones. Other notable contracts include: Contract options on the MH-60 Tech Refresh and Procurement Simulators Program And a contract to upgrade the Australian Armed Forces Of their CAE GESI command and staff training system The Royal Canadian Navy is leading a fleet of 11 ships and approximately 25 aircraft from Canada, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States in anti-submarine warfare drills Cutlass Fury 16 takes place in and around the Maritime Operating Areas off the coasts of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. John’s, Newfoundland, from September 12 to 26. Cutlass Fury 16 brings together 3000 participants from five partner nations and includes 11 surface ships, 3 submarines, and approximately 25 aircraft.

Former public safety minister Steven Blaney Must have thought a directive he made to the RCMP was locked and loaded. But Ralph Goodale, the current Liberal minister of public safety, stepped in to shoot it down.

In the waning days of the Conservative government, Blaney issued a directive To RCMP Commissioner Bob Polson Blaney gave the RCMP 180 days to evaluate, classify and issue a Firearms Refernce Table (FRT) for a certain firearm model so that that model could be imported into Canada. Blaney then issued a press release Announcing that he had overturned the RCMP’s earlier decision to classify as prohibited firearms.

The CEska Zbrojoyka CZ-858 rifle and some firearms from Swiss Arms. Upon assuming office, earlier this year, Goodale discovered the directive and had them rescinded.

His reasons: Bad time – the directive was issued just days before the federal elections An arbitrary time line was imposed And the directive could lead to misclassification of firearms Which could put the public in danger, said Goodale. This issue is important Because it touches on the critical matter of gun control in Canada And who can classify which firearms as restricted and non-restricted.