Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shake hands in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. Grigory Sysoyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP.

The EU's Viktor Orban problem

Flying in the face of history and memory, Orban’s Hungary, Russia’s only real ally in Western Europe, now wants closer relations with Moscow. How Hungary can be in the EU and in NATO while supporting the policies it does and blocking those it dislikes boggles the mind.

Royal Canadian Air Force personnel load non-lethal and lethal aid at CFB Trenton, Ontario on Monday, March 7, 2022. The cargo is bound for the Ukrainian via Poland.  Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press.

Weapons for Ukraine—and Canada

In most countries, replacing donated weapons would be a no-brainer. In this nation, however, the defence procurement system is completely broken, and there is no indication that the government will provide the necessary funds.

Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia holds  a Canadian one dollar coin marking the 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross in 2006 at the keel laying ceremony of the future HMCS HMCS William Hall at Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press.

Hammy Gray, Canadian hero

His death coming just days before the end of hostilities, Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray was very likely the last Canadian serviceman killed in action in the Second World War.