March 8, 2005


Missile plan called best for Canada (BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH, 3/07/05, Toronto Star)

Saying yes to missile defence would have ensured some protection for Canada from a possible missile attack, a top security adviser told Liberal MPs in a secret briefing last fall.

Jim Wright, the assistant deputy minister in charge of global security policy at the Department of Foreign Affairs, had blunt words when he spoke to a special caucus session convened to debate Ottawa's involvement in the U.S.-led program.

"It is in our national and strategic interests to be involved in decisions concerning the defence of North America, rather than being on the sidelines as the U.S. takes decisions unilaterally without regard to Canadian interests," Wright told Liberals on Nov. 3.

"By being credible partners with the U.S. in the defence of the continent, we ensure that we are consulted on decisions that affect Canada's national interests," he said.

He warned that while the risk of a missile strike on North America was low, "the consequences could be severe."

"We cannot foreclose the possibility that an inaccurate missile could strike Canada. But more importantly, an attack on the U.S. would have grave consequences for Canada's security, economic, trade and environmental interests," he said.

Nothing so clearly demarks Canada and the rest of Old Europe as minor nations than the petulance with which they ignore their own interests in order to take ineffectual pot shots at America.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2005 11:33 AM

No, No, No. The idea is that we are supposed to be deterred by Iran and North Korea the way we had been deterred by the FORMER Soviet Union.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 8, 2005 11:57 AM

At least their Jim Wright sounds more sensible than ours did...

Posted by: John at March 8, 2005 12:46 PM


Perhaps true, but the idea of Canada as a "credible partner" seems a bit grandiose.

Posted by: jdkelly at March 8, 2005 1:14 PM

its interesting how canada (and the other worn out ankle biters of the eu) just keep getting smaller and smaller. they really are dying a little bit more each day. wonder who will get the cathedrals...

Posted by: cjm at March 8, 2005 2:06 PM

To say that Canada is behaving like a petulant 7 year old is to insult petulant 7 year olds.


Some of those spires would make really nice minarets.

Posted by: Bart at March 8, 2005 2:26 PM

"Today, we welcome new states into our union. This indeed an historic day for all peoples of North America. These former provinces who now join the US, ..."

GWB, 7/1/07 (what would have been Canada's 140th Dominion Day)

Posted by: Dave W. at March 8, 2005 4:19 PM


Hey, I'm desperate for a hug these days. Can we maybe be your "incredible partner"?

Posted by: Peter B at March 8, 2005 5:09 PM

bart: heh, at least the muslims will use them as intended (for the most part)

Posted by: cjm at March 8, 2005 7:27 PM

Hug away. If you can find me.

Posted by: jdkelly at March 9, 2005 10:26 AM