By TONY SEED
The “new” defence policy of the Trudeau Liberals espouses the goal of greater “interoperability” with U.S. and NATO military operations. This is repeated no less than 23 times.
This exposes the brazen deception behind Chrystia Freeland’s June 6 speech whereby Canada is declared to be “forging a new, sovereign path in light of a turbulent international political climate” and against “isolationism” to justify unprecedented military expansion in the name of “hard power.” “To rely solely on the U.S. security umbrella would make us a client state,” she said. “Such a dependence would not be in Canada’s interest.”
Interoperability is one of the main concepts and methods through which this so-called “new” “hard power” is to be exercised. Continue reading
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ottawa October 28 in relation to the shooting of the previous week. He used the occasion to promote the idea that the Canada-U.S. security relationship now requires “tweaks,” “changes” and “additions.” He echoed the Harper dictatorship’s assertion that the killing in Ottawa was an act of terror, saying it was “common sense” to believe so. Kerry said that the U.S. and Canada will “work quietly and carefully in the next days and months” to further integrate their security apparatus. Kerry revealed: “Canada and the United States are now in discussions… with a view to making certain that every possible stone is turned over, every possible policy is reviewed…”
Kerry later met with Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird to discuss ISIS, the Ukraine, the U.S.-Canada border, and “North American” energy issues. Such was the “security,” the content of the discussion was not disclosed.
Map of current military exercises in northern Canada – click to enlarge | Canadian Forces
TML Weekly (Aug. 30) – From August 20 to 25, prior to departing for the NATO Summit to be held in Wales on September 4-5, Prime Minister Harper went on his extensive annual Arctic tour. Amongst other things, he participated in the military exercises codenamed Nanook. These exercises started on August 20 and ran until August 29. Continue reading
Agent Orange Association of Canada supports US action, demands end to impunity. Part II in a series; for Part I, visit here
(Mike Staples, Daily Gleaner NB) – THE co-president of the Agent Orange Association of Canada Inc. is applauding an announcement last week by the State of Maine to have the U.S. federal government recognize environment hazards associated with military training at Gagetown.
Carol Brown Parker said it’s encouraging to see Maine Gov. Paul LePage involved. Continue reading
Part I in a series. For Part II visit here.
Maine Army National Guard helicopter flies over CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick | 2001 Portland Press Herald
ONE of the most significant chemical warfare experiments in Canada was the 1966-67 testing of Agent Orange, a dioxin-containing defoliant made by U.S. and German chemical monopolies such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical and Bayer. It was sprayed on trees at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, in preparation for its lethal use in Viet Nam. 
Now a Maine newspaper, the Portland Press Herald, reports that two state senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, have proposed legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate whether some American veteran’s health problems are linked to the U.S. chemical warfare tests in Gagetown. The U.S. has completely denied any responsibility, even though the U.S. military carried out spraying in 1966 and 1967 at the base. Continue reading
Haligonians rally against threats of war against Syria, September 7, 2013
THE Halifax War Conference, aka the Halifax International Security Forum, held its first meeting in November 2009. The conference was part and parcel of the NATO aggressive military alliance to reconfigure itself with a “new security doctrine” to replace that of “humanitarian intervention” introduced during the 1999 aggression against Yugoslavia and the first absorption into NATO of states of the former Soviet bloc.
In a statement issued to oppose the first conference in 2009, CPC(M-L) pointed out:
“The demand for this ‘new doctrine’ is impelled by the crisis of NATO itself. After eight years of occupation of Afghanistan under the pretext of opposing terrorism, NATO has been unable to quell the important resistance of the Afghan people. The people of Afghanistan refuse to accept NATO’s ‘international security assistance’ and the peoples of NATO’s member countries have not been convinced of the nobility of the war or NATO’s present course and its raison d’être.”
The current website of the Halifax War Conference describes its history as follows: Continue reading