Would military spending be better used on other services?
Robin Brundage called Checkup from the side of the road in Athabasca, Alta. where she drives trucks in the oil patch. She's noticed that her conversations in that area often hinge on the inflows and outflows of government money. Brundage finds herself at odds with her colleagues as she is happy to pay more taxes for the services Canadians receive.
Listen to her conversation with Checkup guest host, Susan McReynolds.
ON GOVERNMENT TAXATION
I drive a truck in the oil patch. I make decent money. I come in contact with a lot of people that want to pay less taxes, but they all want lots of services. I think the wrong way to go is where the USA has gone. I would like to see something more European based. I don't mind paying the amount of tax that I do. My children went to school. They both graduated and they're young adults now. I could take them to the hospital when they were sick.
I don't mind paying taxes. But I would like to see our taxes used better. And I think that people should be proud as Canadians of what we pay for and the benefits that we get from them.
ON MILITARY FUNDING
My grandfather, who has passed away, was a World War Two vet. He was captured and held in a prisoner of war camp. So that left a scar on my family. I grew up being told that Canada was a peace keeping nation. Even as a child, it was obvious to me that you couldn't keep peace with a gun. The way I see it, force is the weapon of weakness and fear. I would love to see Canada—if it truly wants to be a peacekeeping nation—become a peace making nation. Completely dissolve our military and put some of that funding into mediation and the rest would more than take care of our social programs. I realize that this is never going to be a popular idea but it's been my brainchild since I was about seven. That's where I think Canada should go.
ON THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT
I'm going to reserve judgment on the Trudeau government until I see more. I'm not jumping up and down about it yet.
Robin Brundage's comments have been edited and condensed. This online segment was prepared by Ayesha Barmania.