U.S. not obliged to defend Canada in event of North Korean missile attack, MPs told

The highest-ranking Canadian officer at Norad has demolished a long-held political assumption by telling a parliamentary committee that the U.S. is under no obligation to defend Canada in the event of a ballistic missile attack.

Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand laid out on Thursday — in stark terms — where the military lines of each nation begin and end in the event the North Korean crisis erupts into a shooting war.

“The extent of the U.S. policy is not to defend Canada,” said St-Amand, who is the deputy commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command, which is responsible for defending the skies and maritime approaches to North America. “That’s the fact I can bring to the table.”

  • Tooth&Claw

    Will this wake up Trudumb? Lil Kim is not a globalist. He’s a Chinese pawn. Reality meets delusion…Oh NOes!

  • David Murrell

    What about Justin Trudeau’s sunny ways? What about Lloyd Axworthy’s soft power? These should be sufficient to prevent North Korea from using a thermonuclear weapon against us. I feel safe already.

    • John Boy

      Trudeau has assumed Canada won’t be hit because of his support for communist dictators.

      • Yo Mama

        Like Barry!

    • Clink9

      If you kill your enemy, they win.

  • At this point, Trudeau is thinking what part of Canada he can afford to lose in a missile attack.

    • Tooth&Claw

      Not to mention he’s getting an education in the NorthWest passage vulnerablity when it’s not defended. The Chinese are claiming it as a new shipping route.

      • Yes, he certainly is defending Canada’s interests, just like dad.

      • Will Quest

        ☭ Vladimir Putin ☭ to Just-in I want the arctic & Nunavut too? Is that how you spell it? Thee-hee-heee

        Our arctic sovereignty is at stake ……. Vlad Putin has an immense nuclear-powered icebreaker cruising the arctic and planting Russian flags…….. he knows weakness when he smells it…… he’ll kick snow in JUSTIN’s face , our ultra-progressive & uber-feminist & ex-snowboarder…… our visual presence in the Canadian arctic is essential …..
        Putin has already started the Arctic-Tango, he can smell JUST-IN’s weakness.

    • Alberta’s a little truculent aren’t they?

      • Tooth&Claw

        He hates British Canada. Except for Vancouver, he loves Vancouver, destination for Asia that it’s become.

      • And Saskatchewan.

        Perhaps the territories.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It likely that this is an intentional decision. If the US won’t defend you and you won’t defend yourselves then North Korea should pass you by and shoot over you

    • Clausewitz

      If the Norks let off a high altitude EMP strike, the majority of populated Canada resides in the effected envelope of destruction. Welcome back to the Middle Ages.

  • The Phantom

    I would bet there are a lot of very worried Liberals in Ottawa tonight. North Korea doesn’t even have a fricking navy, and they could still beat us.

    All those BC Dippers are looking East to Ottawa and thinking of moving inland, out of range.

  • marty_p

    Turdeau just pledged an additional $2.5 million for Rohingya aid – bringing the 2017 total to $6.3 million.

    • Lightstream

      Gee, I hate that guy!

      • JoKeR

        Wait until he says the 40,000 can come here and then when they demand “family reunification” that brings in another 100,000 from Bangladesh.

      • Alain

        Take a number.

    • Cripes that ass.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Perhaps Trudeau is a flat earther and thinks canada has nothing to worry about…


    Hrmm, some of those paths go over canada… and terminal ballistic missile defense works on the last 200km, I wonder where the debris is going to land?

    Today is a good day to learn a new topic, CEP, that is, the size of a circle that a warhead has a 50% chance of landing in… First gen ICBMs tend to have a large CEP (up to 50 mi) but also got better quickly, the R7 eventually got to about 3 mi.

    Then again, Whoa Fat! probably isn’t completely insane, and part of a nihilistic cult, unlike those waiting for the 12th imam to come out of his well.

  • felis gracilis

    We can thank another Liberal Prime Minister, the famously dithering Paul Martin, for our not being a full participant in the US missile defense system.

    “Canada was offered a seat the table, but turned it down out of the age-old Canadian fear of being too close to the Americans. That should embarrass us. We’re OK with them protecting our country, of course, as long as we pretend we don’t like that they’re doing it.” http://nationalpost.com/opinion/matt-gurney-remind-me-again-why-canada-opted-out-of-missile-defence

    What a silly little country we (still) are.

  • LairdKintyre

    Much as it pains me as a die hard Monarchist to say it. Id gladly swear off the Queen to get Trump in charge of Canada. As long as we lose Justin

    • Maggat

      Leave the Queen where she is and let’s draft Trump.

  • Dave

    “New Democrat MP Randall Garrison said the testimony only reinforces his feeling that there is no military solution to the crisis and that diplomacy is the only way forward.” Hey Randall, try that diplomacy with isis or a rabid dog. Stupid fuck. There is only ONE way to deal with this type of threat, and it ain’t with kid gloves.

  • Chris

    Why should the U.S. even consider defending us? The federal libs take every opportunity to insult the Americans, even cabinets ministers have been caught on tape saying they hate them all. Thanks to Chretien we now have to have a passport to cross the border. If I had a neighbour like us I’d let them rot too.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    That statement is needlessly inflammatory and wrong.
    Canada is a fellow NATO member and we are bound to offer any defense requested by her.
    Did you ever wonder why you are sitting on some of the most valuable real estate in the world with a military that’s about the same size as the Guatemala’s, yet you have never been attacked?
    Hint: it’s not because you are a moral superpower!

    Now COULD we defend you from a North Korean ICBM?
    Maybe, but maybe not. That’s really at the edge of our technical capabilities.
    If we did manage to do it, it would have been more by dumb luck, but not from lack of trying.
    Really, do you think we are just going to sit back and let somebody just lob a nuke at Canada and just stand there with our hands in our pockets?
    You KNOW that’s NOT how we roll!

  • tom_billesley

    Under Trudeau, is Canada obliged to defend Canada?