Liberals support expanding NORAD to coastal defence
Description: OTTAWA -- The government's decision to add maritime surveillance to a new NORAD agreement with the United States has the support of the Official Opposition, says Liberal Leader Bill Graham...
Date: 30 April 2006
Author: Bill Curry
Source: The Globe and Mail
OTTAWA -- The government's decision to add maritime surveillance to a new NORAD agreement with the United States has the support of the Official Opposition, says Liberal Leader Bill Graham.
The former defence minister said the new twist to the decades-old agreement that defends the continent's skies from missile attacks was on the table when the Liberals were in office...
A U.S. State Department official confirmed Friday to a Canadian journalist that Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor and U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins had signed a new NORAD agreement at a ceremony in Ottawa. There was no announcement of such a ceremony by any Canadian department.
Speaking Saturday in Moncton, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the deal had not been finalized and that he could not confirm the U.S. assertion that maritime defence is now part of the agreement.
British Columbia MP Dawn Black (New Westminster-Coquitlam), the New Democratic Party's defence critic, dismissed Mr. Harper's comments as "damage control." She said the test of whether the deal is final will be whether the government accepts amendments during this week's debate.
While Ms. Black has yet to see the final deal, she said a recent conversation with University of British Columbia professor Michael Byers, who has followed the talks closely, has her concerned the agreement may be a precursor of much deeper integration of military and foreign policies...
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