Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and a tremendous cheerleader you are.
Since 1993 the Liberal government has slashed the defence budget by 25% in real terms. It will brag that it has invested $5 billion but it is such small amounts going to such specific operations it leaves next to nothing to address the huge shortfall in defence budgets.
Given the government's abysmal record, we are pretty much assured the minister will walk away from the cabinet table with an empty loot bag.
When it comes to budget time, what will be the fate of our forces, trick or treat?