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?