Security hawks have it dead wrong. Conventional, not nuclear-powered, submarines are the right choice for Canada, for nuclear non-proliferation and for global stability.
Media cheerleading and intelligence failures that helped sell the Iraq war are now being replicated in the Ukraine war and in relation to China’s activities in Canada. We find more media failings in our AUKUS nuclear sub update and welcome Canada finally speaking out against Israeli extremism.
Canada wasn’t snubbed in the misguided AUKUS submarine deal and neither was New Zealand, which is also trying to pursue a nuanced engagement policy with China.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spurns a high-level meeting on nuclear dangers hosted by her Swedish counterpart. Meanwhile, she and the Prime Minister remain silent over heightening tensions between Iran and USA.
The utter lack of constructive Canadian engagement is the disturbing theme that unites this week’s roundup of events regarding Venezuela, Saudi arms transfers, increased Russia-USA tensions and Trumpian efforts to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.
Canada must work with other like-minded European partners to resist Summit Declaration language that endorses new types of, and new roles for, nuclear weapons.