24 June 2014. Ottawa. The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) strongly supports the findings of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, in its recent report, Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence: Responding to the evolving threat, regarding Canada’s involvement in a North American Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program, and agrees with the committee’s recommendation that the Government of Canada enter into a partnership with the United States on this matter.

Recently, the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence published a report examining Canada’s 2005 decision to decline participation in the US BMD program. As well as reviewing the context of the 2005 decision, the report delves into the current international strategic considerations that would influence a future decision on the topic. The committee found that the positive aspects of such a partnership far outweigh the potential drawbacks.

As the report astutely acknowledges, participation in such a program would reinforce and enhance Canada’s role within NORAD: it would give Canada input into the use of BMD assets, a privilege that Canada does not currently enjoy. Furthermore, by entering into this partnership, Canada would further demonstrate its commitment to the security and defence not only of Canada, but also to that of our closest and strongest ally, the United States. Canada’s participation in the common defence of North America through BMD will reinforce our sovereignty and the protection of our territorial integrity.

In light of these facts, and the findings of the committee, the CDA calls upon the Government of Canada to review its decision regarding involvement in a North American BMD program, and urges the government to heed the committee’s recommendation to join such a program.

Please direct any enquiries to Tony Battista, executive director at 613-236-1252 or by email execdirector@cda-cdai.ca