Military on hand could defuse bomb scares

Silly to have to bring squad over from mainland for bomb scares

When a suspicious package was found on a B.C. Transit bus near the legislature on Sept. 10, I can’t understand why it should have been necessary to wait seven hours for the provincial bomb disposal unit to arrive from Vancouver when there is a fully trained and properly equipped bomb squad, funded with taxpayers’ dollars, available at the Canadian Forces Base in Esquimalt.

If our military forces can be used to help protect American oil companies’ pipelines in Afghanistan and to help install a government friendly to Western oil interests in Libya, surely it is not too much to ask that they can also be used to help protect citizens here in Greater Victoria whenever a bomb threat of this kind arises.

Gordon Pollard