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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVII)

David Perry: While that side debate was going on, Eric Lerhe sent off a letter to the editor of the Ottawa Citizen following up on David Pugiliese’s article on arctic security: “David Pugiliese’s recent article is accurate in its assessment that the Canada First Defence Strategy is sending mixed signals […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVI)

David Perry: Richard Gimblett replied: “Canadian warships have no law enforcement jurisdiction within Canadian waters, which is why we pack Mounties on drug busts and fisheries officers on fishery patrols. Grey hulls in the NW Passage will not accomplish what this government says it wants to do, re-capitalizing the coast […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XV)

David Perry: Dr. Rob Huebert of the University of Calgary then pointed out “Under international law there are no divisions of type of governmental vessels. If the USN inferred anything about gray they would do the same for red. That does not make a difference.” And added a postscript: “If […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIV)

David Perry: Comments came quickly; Richard Gimblett pointed out: “It is important to distinguish between grey hulls and red hulls. In essence, under our system of governance, red hulls have the constabulary role, grey hulls the defence role; if USN were to come upon a Canadian grey hull “patrolling” the […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIII)

David Perry: Eric Lerhe circulated some general ideas for an editorial he wanted to write and asked for suggestions: “Byers’ idea of the navy having an armed icebreaker is nonsense. We must act soon; Canadians will expect firm govt action (especially ship orders) over the next year as these vessels […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XII)

David Perry: Again, a historical reminder made it clear that the situation was hardly new. Gimblett explained that the record of Canadian naval force development provided an alarming trend: “Every 20 years or so we go through a boom and bust cycle: the changing security environment demands we build up […]

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