TITLE

DEFENCE DILEMMAS: CONTINENTAL DEFENCE COOPERATION, FROM BOMARC TO BMD

AUTHOR(S)
Bow, Brian
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2009, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p40
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Canadian governments periodically find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place on continental defence issues, facing pressure from the United States to support a controversial new initiative, and the expectation of substantial opposition at home. The conventional wisdom is that the decision to tilt one way or the other is ultimately a matter of political leadership. Bold and effective prime ministers are quick to say "yes" or "no" as they see fit. Weak prime ministers try to put off a decision, and ultimately cave in to public pressure in a way that aggravates the Americans. But a closer look suggests that the crucial factor might be the "solidity" of the prime minister's political footing. Delay, dissembling, and domestic grandstanding may be perfectly rational strategies for prime ministers coping with minority governments and/or a divided cabinet, and this has obvious implications for diplomats and defence planners on both sides of the border.
ACCESSION #
41980941

 

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