Canada-U.S. pact allows cross-border military activity
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Canada - U.S. Military Pact certainly has ruffled the Feathers of Canada's Left Wing, and the U.S. Right Wing, with both parties trading barbs over soveriegnty in each others country. The Military Pact, designed to allow Military units to be deployed into each others country is designed as a rapid response force to be used by both countries in the event of a Civil emergency. Canada and the U.S. Military have had a symbiotic relationship over a hundred years in both Political Good and Bad times.
Believe it or not, this has been going on for decades without a written pact, with the U.S. taking full advantage of requesting Canadian Troops sans Weapons to enter the U.S to assist in Civil Emergencies.
You will never see armed soldiers from each others country patrolling our streets, that is not the intent of this U.S. Canada Pact, though Canadian Lefty and American Right wing fear mongers would like the public to believe that.
Though a request is rarely used, Canadian Forces were deployed at the U.S. governments request to assist New York state (in the late 1990's) during the 2 month Canada-US winter Ice Storm which saw both countries Eastern Regions thrown into Chaos. This Ice Storm lasted a couple of months which resulted in a near 90% total electrical blackout for both New York State and Ontario and Quebec, with outlying regions affected in the Maritimes. Our role; everything from delivering firewood to transport duties, including water and firewood to homes which had wood burning appliances, Hospitals, Seniors homes, other critical care areas needed regular fuel deliveries and emergency generators supplied to keep the Health care system up and running. Both Canada-U.S. Eastern regions locked into what resembled a frozen tundra, with driving snow and freezing rains knocked out electricity throughout a major part of the eastern region, thus without electricity, virtually every store, gas station, and business shut down, roads were impassable, hence gas was not commercially available for Police, Ambulances or Snow removal trucks to clear roads, let alone fuel deliveries to heat millions of homes. The Military also assisted Police agencies as well, there were local businesses and people who took full advantage of the situation from this Civil strife, Farmers stood guard rifle in hand as a rash of thefts in rural areas on their farms was becoming common, the prize, "Portable Gas Generators" farmers used to heat the barns for their livestock, keep livestiock drinking water from freezing and milk ing machines for the cows. The massive theft of gas generators resulting in many Livestock dying from exposure by opportunists who would steal from farmers and businesses, only to sell their ill gotten goods at a 1000% percent over retail price to a desperate public.
Theft in another form reared it's ugly head among retailers was price gouging and individuals alike selling $500.00 gas generators (even used ones ) all of a sudden selling for thousands of dollars on the open market, with gas generator manufacturers not being able to keep up with demand, even if they could, there was no transportation to bring gas generators to market.
Being a Lone driver touring various towns and cities made one think this is what a Nuclear winter would look like, an eerie experience driving snowbound highways and cities and not seeing another human or animal or even passing another vehicle for miles .
Quebec, at one time in 1970 during the FLQ terrorist crisis was put under martial law briefly, and now was a victim of the 1997-1998 Ice Storm (and a previous Snow storm in 1971) was never particularly fond of seeing a military packet of vehicles on it's roads, towns and cities were certainly receptive to the Canadian Military coming to it's aid.
Citizen Paranoia abounds:
In the late 1980s during the Quebec Soveriegnty debate our Military unit were spotted by Quebec citizens (who watched us from across a river dividing Ontario and Quebec) driving in a military packet formation along a highway on Ontario side resulted in calls to government from worried Quebec citizens wondering what we were up to? We were just coming back from summer military exercises, needless to say word came down from the powers to be to take a different route next time and to be sight unseen by Quebecers.
Flashback to 2007, the New West Regiment in which my son is a member, were marching late at night in formation along a street outside their Armoury, dressed in Combat uniforms (No weapons) and full gear in preparation for Operation Salvo.
A concerned New Westminster citizen, obviously with nothing better to do, placed a 911 call to police frantically shouting terrorists in camoflague with BIG GUNS were shooting each other on the streets of New Westminster. Needless to say Police tactical were dispatched immediately, sirens a blaring, embarrassing (Police) situation resolved, resulting in New West Regiment not being allowed outside in military formation. Of course unless a parade or on Remembrance Day.
Funny how the Military in both countries is looked down upon by those in "Good Times", yet is revered with Flag Waving during a crisis in "Bad Times". Especially by the self serving Bleeding Heart Lefties when their own Personal situation is at stake. Quite a hypocritical quandary if you ask me.
Let's Face it, Like it or Not, if it ever Boiled down to Us of Them, U.S. and Canada would stand side by side in any conflict if it threatened our North American Soveriegnty.
We have a Motto in the Military " If you are not behind us, you are most certainly welcome to stand in front of us".
No Truer words ever spoken.
Canada-U.S. pact allows cross-border military activityDeal allows either country to send troops across the other's border to deal with an emergencyDavid Pugliese,
Canwest News ServicePublished: Saturday, February 23, 2008
Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other's borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.
Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.
The U.S. military's Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation in a civil emergency.The new agreement has been greeted with suspicion by the left wing in Canada and the right wing in the U.S.
The left-leaning Council of Canadians, which is campaigning against what it calls the increasing integration of the U.S. and Canadian militaries, is raising concerns about the deal.