A shortage of money and sailors is forcing Canada's navy to mothball half of its fleet of coastal patrol vessels.Stand up for... ah, fuck it. I can't even be bothered to be snarky about it any more. The one area that Harper has staked his reputation on more than any other -- his support for the military -- is an utter fraud.
Canada's 12 Kingston-class ships, based in Halifax and Esquimalt, B.C., are operated by the navy reserve. The 55-metre vessels are used to patrol the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific ocean coasts.
In a statement to CBC News, the navy says it made the tough choice to leave several ships at dock and strip them of their crews because it doesn't have the resources to operate all 12.
CC here: And here's where we juxtapose ...