Canada’s defense minister has suggested that Ottawa may change course and join the US ballistic missile defense program.
Canada is exploring the possibility of joining the US ballistic missile defense program, nearly 20 years after the previous Liberal government chose otherwise, Defense Minister Anita Anand told a conference on Tuesday. The option is part of a broader defense review aimed at tackling new threats such as hypersonic missiles, he said.
“We are taking a very bold and aggressive look at what we need to do to defend the North American continent.” Anand said in a speech at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute in Ottawa. “We are not putting any effort into this big review of continental defense.” He added.
Asked about the missile defense program, Anand said Ottawa “Of course it takes a full and comprehensive approach to that question, as well as what it takes to protect the continent across the board.”
When Politico reached out to the Canadian government for comment, a senior official said Ottawa had not changed its missile defense policy. In 2005, Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin announced that Ottawa would not take part in the US missile defense initiative launched by then-President George W. Bush after the cancellation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) agreement with Russia in 2002.
That is what Ananda Bishwa admitted “Looks like it’s getting dark,” And the geographical location of Canada “It doesn’t provide the same protection as once.” From hypersonic weapons and cyber-attacks to fierce power competition, Canada’s current defense policy – a different place since the 2017 formulation of the ‘Strong, Secure, Engaged’ slogan.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Ottawa’s armed forces. Anand noted that three of the six Arctic patrol ships launched under the plan have already been delivered, and Canada announced in March that it would purchase 88 F-35 Lockheed Martin jets from the United States.
The Canadian Armed Forces have also promised to increase their presence on the world stage, especially in the Pacific Ocean.
His comments came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Kyiv and pledged $ 500 million in military aid to Ukraine. Asked what that money would be spent on, Anand said Canada would work with the United States and other allies “To make meaningful investments” Military forces of Ukraine “Can use to win wars and battles.”
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