ballistic missile defence

Ballistic Missile Defense

Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) is a military strategy that has been discussed in the United States since the 1960s. The basic idea is to shield the U.S. against incoming missiles by shooting them down as they approach the country.

In Canada, there is a heated debate over participation in the U.S. missile defense program. Many Canadians feel that the program will do great damage to international peace and security by creating a new arms race among great powers. This viewpoint is shared by many who fear the increasingly aggressive U.S. foreign policy under George W. Bush, and who resent the suggestion that Canada may not have an independent foreign policy.

In his visit to Canada shortly after his victory in the U.S. election, President Bush surprised Prime Minister Paul Martin by making a speech calling on Canada to join the program. On Feb. 24, 2005, Prime Minister Martin announced that Canada will not participate in the US’s BMD program.

[-] Position:Canada should not spend money on BMD.

The US BDM program has been a huge money pit for the US, with very little to show for it, and no anti-missle system is going to counter the much more realistic threat of nuclear weapons being landed on the US by old fashioned container ships.

sources and resources:

Centre for Research and Information on Canada (CRIC)BMD links and summary