On February 14, 2008, the U.S. and Canada quietly signed a military agreement allowing the U.S. military to operate in Canada and vice-versa during a “civil emergency”. A cross-border crisis is not required in order for this to take place. This essentially creates a North American Army under the command of USNORTHCOM.
This follows and further extends a process that began in April 2002 with an agreement between the U.S. and Canada on a “civil assistance plan”. In 2006, the State Department confirmed the agreement.
“Operating under a “North American” emblem (i.e. a North American Command), the US military would have jurisdiction over Canadian territory from coast to coast; extending from the St. Laurence Valley to the Queen Elizabeth archipelago in the Canadian Arctic. The agreement would allow for the establishment of “North American” military bases on Canadian territory. From an economic standpoint, it would also integrate the Canadian North, with its vast resources in energy and raw materials, with Alaska.”
None of these agreements have received any significant press coverage in the U.S. or Canada.
So what’s going on here? Any of you Canucks have an opinion on this?
It’s more than a little disturbing to me that my government has taken it upon itself to sign an agreement like this without informing the public what it’s up to. Of course, this just justifies my instinctive loathing of Harper’s cabinet. Even if I were inclined to vote for a Conservative government, there is no possibility it would be a government led by Harper.
Indeed. One might be inclined to think of Harper as simply a stooge working for the U.S.