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Sunday, 11 January 2004 12:56
I wonder if others were surprised by the fact that Martin did not just go ahead and say "we're joining." [BMD] This seems to be a tactical error in our favour, because now the issue will be drawn out over the coming months and as the reports are saying, the final agreement will not be made until after the election. If he had just signed-on, then there would have been some pain for a few days, and the issue would have cooled off long before the election. Now, we have a real opportunity to make this an election issue.

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Subject: RE: BMD Update

Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 12:36:40 -0500

Dear friends,

I wonder if others were surprised by the fact that Martin did not just go ahead and say "we're joining." This seems to be a tactical error in our favour, because now the issue will be drawn out over the coming months and as the reports are saying, the final agreement will not be made until after the election. If he had just signed-on, then there would have been some pain for a few days, and the issue would have cooled off long before the election. Now, we have a real opportunity to make this an election issue.

Even more, the issue of missile defence is becoming a symbol of our ever-closer military, economic and political integration with the United States and a too close-relationship with the Bush administration. Canadians are very uncomfortable with this (see Maclean's year-end polling, for example). I suspect we may lose o­n the question of missile defence if it was put to people by itself, however if it is tied to this reluctance to move closer to the United States and an abdication of our traditional positive role in the world - then I think we can have some leverage o­n this.

Thoughts?

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Subject: BMD Update

Dear Friends,

By now many of you have heard the news of David Pratt's announcement that Canada and the US are entering into final negotiations regarding Canadian participation in the US BMD program. An excerpt of his comments to the press states:

Defence Minister David Pratt said Canada will not boycott the ballistic missile defence system (BMD) because of the possibility that it could o­ne day lead to putting weapons in space.

"I think there is a recognition that even the possible use of weapons in space is so far off into the future, that this is not a concern that we're having to deal with, with the Americans. What we're dealing with in terms of this phase is a land-based system that is going to be involved in mid-course interception [of missiles]," he said in an interview. (Globe and Mail, 9 January 2004)

There have been several news pieces over the past few days, and I won't flood you with all of them, but today's G&M and Toronto Star have editorials about this, Daniel LeBlanc has a piece in the G&M, and Steve Staples has sent around another from the Ottawa Citizen.

On January 2 Project Ploughshares sent a letter to the Prime Minister cautioning him about signing Canada o­n to BMD at the forthcoming Monterrey meeting. This letter is accessible from the homepage of our website at: www.ploughshares.ca You will also find the detailed background report o­n Canadian participation in BMD, and numerous other resources from 2003 with material for letter writing at this critical time - as Canada considers agreeing to the unproven and politically destabilizing BMD technologies, with their inordinant costs and implications for the secure and peaceful use of space.

In peace,

Sarah Estabrooks

Program Associate

Project Ploughshares

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