Briefing NoteNovember 2023 - Canadian National Security and Canada's Loss of Relevance
9 November 2023
In the Korean War, of the 16 countries who deployed troops in support of the UN call, Canada sent the third largest contingent6, behind only the USA and Great Britain.7 In the next Decade, 1 Canada’s Centenary - 2 Canada and the First World War - 3 Popul. [...] Some feared they were signs of a new isolationism; especially taken with the measures of 1969.10 The 1980s saw an increase in concern for national security and for the Canadian Military, recognizing the link between security actions with our allies and the economic sustainability of our economy, and thereby the social programs Canadians had come to rely upon. [...] But the size and condition of the CAF can be like the canary in the coal mine, showing that our state of National Security has collapsed to a dangerous level. [...] In fact, “Canadian Leaders” in the past have often lead discussions with citizens where they helped defined Canada and its place in the world, on a number of important National Interests like: • National Security • Good Governance • Protection Domestically of Rights and Freedoms • Economic Prosperity and Growth • Health and Wellness • Unity For a leader of any federal party not to lead and demand. [...] Canadian leaders and Canadians need to be reengaged in the definition of a vison for Canada, the definition of National Interests, and then White Papers must be produced based on the options proposed, for each agency, with full public access and transparency, to engage Canadians.