A Made-in-Canada Defence Policy
From: Living with Uncle
A thorough look at Canada’s Defense Policy, what works, what doesn’t, and the authors thoughts on what needs to change going forward and concludes that it is possible to have a pro military, pro-Canadian defence policy that focuses on doing Canadian tasks like peacekeeping and sovereignty assertion. It is possible for us to do things militarily that the Americans aren’t very well equipped to do, in conjunction with a policy that deals with our responsibilities as the custodians of the northern part of this continent. It is possible to have all this and to have it so that it cannot be attacked by pro-American Canadians as somehow incompatible with a responsible and secure and vigilant approach to the defence of Canada and the world.
Michael Byers holds a Canada Research chair (Tier 1) in global politics and international law at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and also serves as academic director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. He is the author, most recently, of War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict, Atlantic Books and Douglas & McIntyre, 2005.