Ottawa weighing ballistic missile defense as part of North American defense upgrades

OTTAWA – Defense Minister Anita Anand says the federal government is weighing whether Canada should join the US in actively defending against intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Anand made the comment this morning as she provided an update of sorts on Ottawa’s plans to modernize North America’s aging defenses with the US

Anand told a conference hosted by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute that the government is taking “a full and comprehensive look” at ballistic missile defense as part of a larger review of what is needed to better protect North America from attack.

Canada famously opted out of the US ballistic missile defense program following an extremely heated national debate in 2005.

Yet the question of whether Canada should reconsider has repeatedly reared its head amid concerns about North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal and sourcing relations with Russia.

Anand also promised more details soon on how Canada and the US will improve North America’s overall defenses, which military officials have warned are badly outdated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2022.

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