By John Clearwater
"We are therefore not just the 1st state on the earth with the potential to provide nuclear guns that selected to not achieve this, we're additionally the 1st nuclear armed kingdom to have selected to divest itself of nuclear weapons."
Pierre Trudeau United international locations, 26 may possibly 1978
From 1963 to 1984, US nuclear warheads armed Canadian guns structures in either Canada and West Germany. it's most likely that in the early a part of this era, the Canadian army used to be placing extra attempt, funds, and manpower into the nuclear dedication than the other unmarried job. this crucial e-book is an operational-technical historical past and exposÈ of this period.
Its goal is to assemble until-recently mystery information regarding the character of the nuclear arsenal in Canada, and mix it with identified information regarding the structures within the US nuclear arsenal. The paintings starts off with an account of the efforts of the Pearson executive to signal the contract with the U.S. essential to carry nuclear guns to Canada. next chapters offer an in depth dialogue of the 4 nuclear guns platforms deployed via Canada: the BOMARC surface-to-air guided interceptor missile; the sincere John brief diversity battlefield rocket; the Starfighter tactical thermonuclear bomber; the VooDoo-Genie air defence approach. each one bankruptcy additionally contains a part at the injuries and incidents which happened whereas the guns have been at Canadian websites. the ultimate bankruptcy covers the finally futile efforts of the Maritime Air Command and the Royal Canadian army to obtain nuclear guns. An appendix contains the textual content of the until-now mystery agreements Canada signed with the united states for the availability of nuclear weapons.
Illustrated all through with images and diagrams, and supported through broad transcriptions of unique files, Canadian Nuclear Weapons may be of serious worth either to students and laypersons in its presentation of what has been a deeply hidden mystery of Canadian political and army history.
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5. The two Governments hereby reaffirm the various existing agreements providing for consultation between them in periods of international tension, and agree that, in any emergency situation such as those indicated in the preceding paragraph, they will consult together as soon as possible in the manner indicated in PEARSON'S CABINET • 51 paragraph 2(b) above, and on a direct Government-toGovernment basis as indicated in paragraph 2(c) above if the situation is sufficiently serious. Such consultations may be initiated by either Government, and will precede the institution of significant military measures, or other action which might increase the risk of war, except in the extreme circumstances indicated in the following paragraph.
For this reason, the United States was unwilling to allow the Canadian government to show the agreement to the Bonn government. Information on this tricky bit of diplomacy has therefore been included. THE MEETINGS Three days after being sworn in as the government, the new Pearson Cabinet Defence Committee met for the first time to discuss the thorny nuclear weapons issue. Paul Hellyer was the first to speak, and he reviewed the history of the situation regarding the strike role in Europe, the Honest John rocket, the BOMARC and the CF-101B interceptor.
Not all of these countries actually have the weapons on their soil but the majority do. NORAD — If we decide to fulfil those commitments which we have undertaken in NATO, I cannot see why we should not do the same in NORAD. The one agreement would permit both. I have not changed my opinion about the usefulness of the BOMARC missile, but if there is one thing that is more useless than an armed BOMARC it is an unarmed BOMARC. Similarly, I cannot see the logic of surveillance planes which, if they did discover an enemy attack, would be helpless except to warn the United States.