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View Jean-François Larose Profile
(QC)
Mr. Chair, I would like to make it clear that the situation was actually created by the official opposition. I maintain that I am a permanent member and I do not find it at all usual to be ignored. I did not ask to find myself in this situation.
All members of Parliament have a right to do their jobs. Once again, I find myself out in the cold, cast aside. I appreciate the chair’s indulgence, but I do not at all appreciate the position of the party opposite. I have a right to speak and a right to vote. I should not be ignored.
Thank you.
View Jean-François Larose Profile
(QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses for their patience.
In terms of the shipyards, Mr. Norlock mentioned—and I agree with him—that we have to maintain our knowledge and our expertise for the future. When we bring shipbuilding projects down to simple job creation, we lose out. We have ships that are extremely out of date.
Currently in Canada, two shipyards are working and one of them is in Quebec City. Logically, should we not be activating them all so that we can maintain the expertise, accelerate the process and expand our shipbuilding capacities in Canada?
View Jean-François Larose Profile
(QC)
Thank you very much for that answer.
Earlier, you mentioned Lockheed-Martin aircraft. I agree that they are excellent aircraft, but we have other options available.
Would it not be preferable to establish a balance by using several technologies, drones, for example? Could that not be an worthwhile approach: to obtain more drones and use jets in support?
I am not sure if you fully understand my question.
View Jean-François Larose Profile
(QC)
I have a concern about ballistic missiles. My concern is that the effectiveness of what exists now has not really been fully proven.
It's an uncertainty about the effectiveness of the countermeasures that also exist, or that are seen as perhaps even being developed.
Let us talk about the dynamics of that.
If Canada provides money to support development by the Americans, what is our guarantee in that relationship? Going by the number of reports we receive, it is not enough, given the number of missiles that could be directed at the United States. So, by investing billions of dollars, we end up with a few more, or we improve the technology. How can we be sure that the Americans are also going to use them in order to defend Canada too?
In the case of Europe, we understand that, because of the distance, their only possible choice is to use them to defend themselves.
Given the strategic priority based on the adversary’s targets, what guarantees do we have that the missiles we deploy will also be used to defend what I consider important targets in Canada?
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