Canadian Missile Defence

Last week Canada's highest-ranking soldier at NORAD, Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, confirmed that the U.S. is not bound to defend Canada against an inbound North Korean ICBM. Whether this surprised the Commons defence committee is unclear, but it certainly jolted the Canadian press corps. Left-nationalists in Canada are again on the ropes—not because their old Reagan-era you-can't-hit-a-bullet-with-a-bullet critique is oddly incongruous with Kim Jong-Un's nuclear threats, but because no one knows for certain whether Kim will subscribe to MAD. PM Trudeau remains blasé about continental missile defence—NATO's Article 5 remains in force, after all—but the times they are a-changin'.