Yes, you read that headline write … I, one of Justin Trudeau’s fiercest critics, say “credit where credit is due” and I assert that it is due here, now because CTV News reports that “Canadian naval forces based on Vancouver Island will soon be joining the Japanese navy and the U.S. Seventh Fleet to enforce international sanctions against North Korea.“
The report explains that “The Esquimalt-based frigate HMCS Regina, supply ship Asterix and a CP-140 Aurora patrol plane based out of 19 Wing Comox concluded Operation Artemis on Thursday after two months of counter-terrorism and drug-interdiction missions in the Middle East and East Africa … [then, after a short good-will visit (something the Navy does very well) to Vietnam] … the Regina and Asterix will depart for Japan, where they’ll join the Japanese navy and the U.S. Seventh Fleet to begin Operation Neon … [that operation] … is part of the international enforcement of economic sanctions against North Korea.” The report goes on to say that “Crew members aboard the Asterix and Regina will be on the lookout for merchant vessels in breach of U.N sanctions that remain in place after a February summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down over North Korea’s demands for sanctions relief in exchange for partial surrender of the country’s nuclear capabilities … [and a Royal Canadian Navy spokesperson said that] … “The West has a list of ships that we’re keeping an eye on … [and, he added] … They’re ships that we know are on the list of those that are not supposed to be doing business with North Korea.”“
“Operation Neon was first announced in a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on April 28,” the report says “following a meeting between Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.” I have been, and I remain harshly critical of Prime Minister Trudeau’s foreign and defence policies, both of which, in my considered opinion, have done and are doing real, measurable harm to Canada, but this is a good move and the prime minister, Foreign Minister Freeland and Defence Minister Sajjan and, especially, their advisors in the Privy Council Office, Global Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence are to be commended for joining Operation Neon. I doubt that this ~ using the Canadian Armed Forces in a productive way ~ came easily or naturally to this prime minister and his closest political advisors, in fact, my guess is that it runs contrary to all of the prime minister’s instincts, so, well done (that’s what BZ means) to them all.
And … good hunting to Regina, Asterix and the CP-140 crews.