A couple of weeks ago I suggested that this is the Liberal Party of Canada’s position on continental ballistic missile defence:
Now I read, in the National Post, that Lieutenant General Pierre St-Amand, an RCAF officer who is the Deputy Commander of the North American Air Defence Command (NORAD) told the House of Commons defence committee late last week that “I’m being told in Colorado Springs that U.S. policy is not to defend Canada. That’s fact I can bring to the table,” he told the committee when asked about a potential North Korean missile strike on North America. It appears that this surprised some members who seemed to believe that the continental air defence arrangement means that the US is, more or less, obliged to shoot down any missiles that might threaten Canada. As LGen St-Amand explained the US continental ballistic defence system is NOT under NORAD, rather it is part of the US Northern Command, a separate, US only, military command that has no responsibility to defend Canada.
It is past time for Canadian politicians to screw up a little tiny bit of moral courage and do an unpopular but common sense thing: reverse course and join the US in continental ballistic missile defence. As North Korea continues to test longer range missiles it is a no brainer … even Justin Trudeau should be able to get it.