Canadian troops should stay at home

DND should be a defence department as it is named, not a war department

Re: Peace is possible with Canada’s help (Letters, Oct. 5)

Joanna Wilkinson’s letter was thought-provoking.

At present Canada has a Department of National Defence. I have long thought, given that we have among the world’s longest boundaries, the DND should live up to its name, as opposed to a war department.

Even when it comes to peacekeeping, the demands of defence mean that only a small number of our troops should be deployed beyond our boundaries. Such a move should release enough funds to enable the troops to be well equipped and paid for their job.

Victor Allen

Victoria