February 17, 2004

LIB

Larry Bagnell

Liberal

Hon. Larry Bagnell (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Lib.)

Madam Chair, I did not get any specific calls about this debate tonight, but I would like to go on the record to say that Yukoners are, as they are on a lot of issues, split on this issue. There are a number of Yukoners who think that Canada should not participate, but we are the closest riding to the system. We are a few seconds away from the missiles at Fort Greely. Therefore, a number of Yukoners feel that, without spending any money, we should be at the table so we know what is happening.

It is an honour to end this debate at 11 p.m., speaking after the member who has such a distinguished career in the House of Commons.

With the Chinese or Korean technology, which the technical experts say will be able to hit North America within the next decade, does the member believe that if they were to send a missile to Seattle or Buffalo, the technology would be refined enough that it would not hit Vancouver or Toronto by accident?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ballistic Missile Defence
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LIB

Charles Caccia

Liberal

Hon. Charles Caccia

Madam Chair, from a technological point of view I am not qualified to comment. However, I would be quite firm in the conviction that the North Korean and the Chinese governments and their population have better things to do than to scheme an attack on North America, no matter what kind of weapons they may wish to choose.

Therefore, to start planning by imagining these unimaginable conditions, does not lead to the stabilization of relations between continents and between larger countries. China has every interest in maintaining peace in the world, and so does North Korea, despite the statements that have been made in Washington. The issue of North Korea is an energy issue. The manner in which the North Korean government has handled the matter, I think has been one to attract attention to other matters.

Therefore, to imagine that North Korea would attack Canada, and even if it were so, I would say that the attack would be more likely if we were part of a defence system organized under the auspices of the U.S. than of a defence system of which Canada is not part.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ballistic Missile Defence
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The Assistant Deputy Chair

It being 11 p.m., pursuant to order made Thursday, February 12, 2004, the committee will rise and I will leave the chair.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ballistic Missile Defence
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The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Hinton)

The House stands adjourned until tomorrow at 2 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).

(The House adjourned at 11 p.m.)

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Ballistic Missile Defence
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February 17, 2004