John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, suggests that Justin Trudeau might want to try what former diplomat, national strategic planner in the Privy Council Office, and commentator David Mulroney refers to (on social media) as... ... "the "Ostrich" school of Canadian foreign policy." It has, he says, two pillars: First, "Canada has no … Continue reading But that may prove impossible.
Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports that "Canada's new frigates are being designed with ballistic missile defence in mind, even though successive federal governments have avoided taking part in the U.S. program ... [but, he ads] ... When they slip into the water some time in the mid-to-late 2020s, the new warships probably won't … Continue reading A year-end thought on a vital issue
David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, tells us that "Canadians won’t be allowed to work on parts of the country’s new surveillance aircraft because they contain sensitive American-made equipment that can only be handled by U.S. citizens." First, this 'NOFORN' designation is fairly (and I'm told increasingly) common in the United States. Canada has … Continue reading Not surprising (2)
A few days before Christmas, Canada formally accepted the first of our new CC-295 Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space in Spain. RCAF crews will test and evaluate the aircraft for the next few weeks.
As I predicted late last month, President Trump did, indeed, chastise Canada and others for being "delinquent" in meeting their (specifically NATO) defence burden-sharing promises. How he will punish the "delinquents" remains to be seen, but we might get a hint from how he is, currently, treating Japan. The Financial Times discusses the president's transactional … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)
I have been worrying about Canada's sovereignty over the Arctic for some years now. Now I see a report by Levon Sevunts of RCI (Radio Canada International) which says that "2019 marked a busy shipping season in the Canadian Arctic with 27 ships making a full transit through the Northwest Passage, according to statistics released … Continue reading Where are we? (4)
Murray Brewster, writing on the CBC News website, says that "It may be a world away from NATO, but the Chinese telecom titan Huawei — and the United States' desire to keep it out of the security grid of western democracies — will be a major topic of conversation among allied leaders this week ... … Continue reading Trudeau’s dilemma