Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty? (II)

I am in the same camp as Brian Wentzell on this issue,

To me, the possibility of Canada acquiring nuclear submarines is an impossibility. We tried this one time before and the government - and the people-recoiled, some through knowledge, some through fear, some through true intellectual ignorance (except that they knew they did not want anything that was spelled "nuclear").

In this time of a minority government, and, I suspect, even with a majority government, there will not be nuclear submarines, there will not be much of an informed discussion about nuclear submarines, again, there will not be nuclear submarines.

Indeed, what we ought to do, if we believe it, is to keep asserting that Canada needs conventional submarines. There are many citizens who do not believe so, there are high-ranking army officers who do not believe so (and they are high enough that their views are heard and do count), there are navy officers who believe we should not have subs at all. So there is a good topic for discussion - to keep the subject in view and in mind.

I agree also with Brian that, now as we seem to be abandoning Afghanistan, there is a need for discussions of national interests. Such will aid greatly in the forming of Canada's future national security policy.

Perhaps the Dalhousie Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies (of which Senator Hugh Segal is Chair and I am President), the Conference of Defence Associations and other interested and capable organizations should hold a well-planned, well-prepared, well-supported conference on the whole subject.

I am of years sufficient to remember the famous Kingston conference of the Liberals that stood them so well for so long. Perhaps ours can have equal influence in our subject area.

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