Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute

October 01, 2007 08:00 ET

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute: Canada's Long-Range National Security Needs Identified in New Report

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - Terrorist threats, an increasingly unstable world and a need to respond to catastrophic crises domestically require significant new investments in the Canadian Forces and the development of a foreign intelligence capability, say leading Canadian thinkers in foreign policy and national defence.

"One of the challenges in looking ahead is to avoid simply making linear projections based on the world as it is today," say the authors of "A Threatened Future: Canada's Future Strategic Environment and Its Security Implications," prepared for the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute.

The report urges that Canadians "not forget that Canada is fifth on the list of countries that (Osama) bin Laden has said should be targeted; it is the only country on the list that has not yet been successfully attacked," it says.

The authors argue that Canada needs increased military resources to deal with natural domestic threats including pandemics, floods, ice storms, earthquakes, forest fire and hurricanes.

The report calls for realistic increases in defence spending, a 50-per-cent increase to the army's current 20,000 soldiers, upgraded equipment, new attack helicopters, replacements for Canada's ageing CF-18 jet fighters and, ideally, a domestic ship-building industry to "continuous-build" for Maritime Command, the Coast Guard or other government agencies.

The three senior scholars who authored the report - Toronto historian Jack Granatstein, Halifax political scientist Denis Stairs and former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs Gordon Smith, now at the University of Victoria - bring a Canada-wide perspective to the study.

Their report presents a dispassionate look at Canada's place in the world and a realistic, cool (but not anti-American) look at the US in the world and North America over a 25-year-horizon.

"There will be no lack of threats to Canada and its friends from places not normally on our map. Failing and failed states, post conflict reconstruction, and counter-insurgency operations will be the norm," the report says.

For a direct link to "The Canadian Future Strategic Environment" paper, go to:

Contact Information

  • Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute
    Jack Granatstein
    (416) 923-5521
    Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute
    Denis Stairs
    (902) 627-2248
    Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute
    Gordon Smith
    (250) 704-9052