It’s a small thing, maybe a very small thing, but, CBC News reports, “The Canadian military is joining Britain, the U.S. and Australia in a new surveillance mission to monitor ship-to-ship transfers of oil and other goods to and from North Korea in violation of UN sanctions … [and] … Canada is sending about 40 support personnel and a long-range patrol aircraft, a CP-140 Aurora, to the U.S. military’s Kadena air base on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, a spokesperson for the Canadian defence department confirmed in a statement on Saturday.“
The news reports says that “Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also issued statements saying the aim of Canada’s participation in the operation is to “counter North Korea’s maritime smuggling in accordance with relevant UNSC resolutions.”“
I suspect that this goes against the grain for Prime Minister Trudeau and his campaign team of Gerald Butts and Katie Telford … this is not the sort of green and feminist policy with which they would like to be associated. So, BZ (the naval signal meaning “well done”) to them for taking this step … it may be a small step but it is a useful one.
Canada can and should do more … but that’s another issue.
This may further annoy China but that cannot be helped.
Sanctions are worthless unless they can be monitored; this will help the United Nations and South Korea and, indirectly, China, too.