Canada Draws Line on Missile Defense
Boese, Wade, Arms Control Today
During a recent visit to Canada, President George W. Bush lobbied the U.S. neighbor to collaborate in building missile defenses. Bush's host, Prime Minister Paul Martin, left the door open to some possible cooperation but ruled out any prospect of Canada helping put missile interceptors into space.
Speaking Dec. 1 to an audience in Nova Scotia, Bush declared, "I hope we'll also move forward on ballistic missile defense cooperation to protect the next generation of Canadians and Americans from the threats we know will arise." The United States has already deployed six long-range missile interceptors in Alaska and is working to make them operational, although a December test of an interceptor failed.
During Bush's visit, Martin said little publicly about missile defense. But he was more vocal after the president's departure. In a Dec. 27 interview with CTV Television, the prime minister spoke out strongly when asked if Canada would participate in "Star Wars"-a popular term referring to President Ronald Reagan's earlier plans to station lasers in space to shoot down ballistic missiles. …