Saying "No" To Bush Administration Could Be Costly
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin
may still be on the fence about whether his country should fully
participate in the US missile shield program, but his military
advisors have no qualms. The CanWest News Service reports they're
urging him to sign up now, before Canada loses an estimated $1.5
billion in US-initiated defense contracts.
The US promises it will deploy an initial version of the missile
shield this fall -- with or without Canada. Last month, Ottowa
agreed to allow the joint US-Canadian air defense force, NORAD, to
use its early-warning system as part of the missile shield. That's
seen in Canada as an indication the Liberal Party is willing to
support the concept of land-based anti-missiles dedicated to
shooting down ICBMs from the rogue states like North Korea.
About 70 Canadian companies want a piece of the missile shield
contracts that should mature in the next several years.