Oppose Attempts to Embroil Canada in U.S. Ballistic Missile Defence
mounting in Canada that the cartel parties in Parliament will once
again conspire to participate in the U.S. ballistic missile defence
program (BMD). The Liberals and their cartel party partners are pushing
to destroy Canadian public opinion that has been opposed to
participation in the U.S. BMD. For instance, The Trudeau Liberal
government before the pandemic election announced plans to spend more
than $553 billion on war preparations over the next 20 years. Much of
this funding will go into the U.S. war economy to purchase fighter
jets, armed drones and other war production.
increased spending was confirmed the day before the election call when
Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and U.S. Defense Secretary
Lloyd Austin issued a joint statement agreeing to "modernize" NORAD,
the North American Aerospace Defence Command, and outlining "priority
areas for new investments."
The August 14 joint
statement says: "Canada and the United States share a desire to
coordinate in fielding new capabilities to complement and eventually
replace the North Warning System with more advanced technological
solutions as soon as possible. Ensuring effective awareness ultimately
requires a system-of-systems approach including a network of Canadian
and U.S. sensors from the sea floor to outer space."
is Pentagon jargon for Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD). NORAD
modernization includes the positioning of U.S. missiles in Canada and
weaponization of outer space as part of the U.S. ballistic missile
shield. When BMD is declared operational, the U.S. and its war allies
including the Canadian government believe and will then declare that "a
U.S. nuclear war is winnable" and a pre-emptive nuclear strike could be
used. The U.S. war economy since 2014 has conducted 17 BMD tests of its
"system-of-systems" to "destroy incoming ballistic missiles."
The cartel parties have jumped on the "winnable war"
bandwagon. In 2014, the year the U.S. began testing its
"system-of-systems," a parliamentary committee gave its support for the
government to join in the development of the U.S.-led missile shield.
The Canadian Senate Committee on National Security and Defence soon
agreed and announced it was "unanimous in recommending that the
government of Canada enter into an agreement with the United States to
participate as a partner in ballistic missile defence."
2017, the Conservative Party's then foreign affairs critic and now
leader Erin O'Toole said that Canada must join BMD.
defence committees in both the House of Commons and the Senate joined
the pro-war chorus in 2019, advocating for BMD. Christian Leuprecht, a
professor at the Royal Military College, gave urgency to the demand to
join BMD, telling CTV News earlier this year that the integrated
U.S./Canada power grids could be targets of Russia and/or China's
intercontinental ballistic missiles.
"You can hit a
component in Canada and have a dramatic impact on the entire North
American continent, and the entire North American system and how it
functions," Leuprecht said.
In the U.S.,
anti-war public opinion is always under attack as pointed out by Mark
Muhich writing in Counterpunch this September. "Despite fantastical
cost overruns, persistent test failures, cynicism from the scientific
community, warnings that Ballistic Missile Defense can be easily
defeated with chaff and camouflage technologies, bi-partisan
opposition, and credible charges that Missile Defense has renewed a
nuclear arms race, BMD finds its place in the Defense Authorization Act
year after year. One prime reason is the vast lobbying power of defense
contractors, especially Missile Defense contractors like Boeing,
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Defense contractors spent $58 million in
the first six months of 2021 lobbying Congress to fund defense and
missile defense contracts."
The program of the
federal NDP during the pandemic election states under the heading,
"Defence at home and abroad:" "Unfortunately, after decades of Liberal
and Conservative cuts and mismanagement, our military has been left
with outdated equipment, inadequate support and an unclear strategic
mandate. In contracting for new military equipment, including ships and
fighter jets, New Democrats will ensure maximum industrial benefits and
jobs. This will help ensure the survival of healthy shipbuilding and
aerospace industries all across Canada."
way, the NDP uses high sounding phrases of economic benefit and jobs as
a smokescreen to shield it from criticism for being warmongers by
calling for integration into the U.S. war economy and war preparations
and participating in the U.S.-instigated anti-China and anti-Russian
propaganda campaigns. It is tantamount to saying that war preparations
and pouring money into the U.S.-dominated military cartels are not
destructive to the social and natural environment but necessary for the
economy to grow.
The Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist) has a principled anti-war program with no
equivocation. It calls on all Canadians to join the movement to
establish an anti-war Government and build a self-reliant economy that
forms the material basis to meet the needs of all and humanize the
social and natural environment.
Get Canada out of NATO and NORAD!
Oppose Integration into
U.S. Homeland Security,
War Machine and Wars of Aggression!
Make Canada a Zone for Peace!
President George W. Bush withdrew the U.S. from
the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2001. Since then the U.S.
government has poured $100 billion into building a ballistic missile
shield. This money has gone to Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE
Systems and others in the war economy. Those war companies are hungry
to have Canadian public money as well and have dispatched lobbyists to
make it so.
This article was published in
Volume 51 Number 10 - October 10, 2021