Amid Rising North Korea Threat, Canada Needs A Missile Defence System

We can hope for the best, but we must prepare for the worst.

The news that North Korea may now be able to put a miniaturized nuclear warhead in a long-range missile represents a disturbing escalation of the threat.

As you saw in the photo above, North Korea’s missile range now includes much of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The majority of North America is within range.

While some may assume that North Korea would be targeting the United States, a missile that veered off trajectory or was hit but not destroyed could easily hit us here in Canada. Additionally, missile defences in Canada would help protect the United States, and even Mexico by expanding the overall range and strength of missile defence protections.

The government must act quickly

With North Korea’s missile program advancing rapidly, there is no time to waste. Canada should immediately coordinate with the U.S. to put missile defences in our country. However, we shouldn’t just be reliant on others in the long-term. Canada should begin our own missile defence program – helping to create jobs and technological advancement in our country – and strengthening our security for the future.

While it’s nice to hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst. There is no reason to believe that Canada is immune from destruction, violence, and war, and we must not assume otherwise. In a violent and dangerous world, we must have the power to defend ourselves.

Spencer Fernando