Well ships really. Navy ships. The govt. has cut their plan, of which they made a big deal about at the time, to get new ships for the navy. These ships were supposed to be deployed to the Arctic. In their usual underhanded way of trying not to make it known to the public they released the announcement to the press on Fri. at 8:30 p.m.
You can read about it here: http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hXcwPOV37fH9Y3JIcwgLvnA2XcAw
And then we have this article with David Emerson very concerned about Russia's "plans" for the Arctic: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080824/emerson_arctic_080824/20080824?hub=TopStories
It's almost like these 2 items are at odds with one another.
Now let's skip to Jim Flaherty who has just come out touting a budget surplus after stating there was a deficit of $500 million in the 1st trimester of this year. You can read that here: http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCAOTW00011720080822
Hmmm...so now where did this surplus suddenly appear from? Maybe knowing that the spending for the ships would not be taken out of the budget coffers?
Just connecting some dots here...