Canada column for Sunday, Sept. 17/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Canada might have to go it alone should the country ever face an enemy attack.
U.S. policy is “not to defend Canada,” said Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, top Canadian officer at the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado.
While Canada would have no say in what to do if North America is targeted by a missile, the U.S. could ultimately decide to intervene at the last moment, he added.
That’s largely due to the Liberal government upholding a 2005 decision to remain outside the U.S. missile shield after a divisive national debate.
While many people are calling for Canada to get back in the pact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country’s position is “not going to be changed any time soon.”
St-Armand delivered news to the Commons defense committee that is concerned about missile tests and threats by North Korea.
One piece of good news was there has been “no direct threat to Canada,” said Mark Gwozdecky of Global Affairs.
He said the North Korean government sees Canada as a “peaceful and indeed a friendly country.”