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Letter: When will Canada take national defense more seriously?

Writer believes the feds need to update its response strategy to conflicts and natural disasters.
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The Editor:

Re: Ukraine war sparks fresh calls for urgency on upgrading North America’s defences (March 5, 2022)

I am writing to express my extreme concern regarding the federal government’s lack of response on upgrading the NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command] defense systems and investing in Canada’s military capabilities.

When will the federal government act decisively to invest in NORAD and address this serious national defense deficiency?

The 2021 Fraser Valley flood event highlighted the lack of capability of Canada’s armed forces to response to civil emergencies in Canada, let alone provide any sort of military assistance to our NATO allies [North Atlantic Treaty Organization].

When will the federal government act to meet its NATO obligations and budget two per cent of GDP to refurbishing the capability of the Canadian military?

A timely response by our federal government to the foregoing two questions is urgently needed!

- Ralph Drew, Belcarra

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