Canada exploring beefed up Pacific naval presence: MacKay

- June 13th, 2012

Canada’s Pacific fleet may soon get a little more love from Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

MacKay is from the east coast says, where the bulk of the Royal Canadian Navy is based.

But MacKay said Tuesday he’s open to exploring ways of increasing the Canadian naval presence off the coast of B.C.

“I’ve just returned from that region and I heard what Secretary of Defense (Leon) Panetta has said about the American focus in the region,” MacKay
said. “We’ll make our own sovereign decisions about our concentration of assets on the west coast, but we are looking very seriously at what we should do as a nation to up our game on the west coast and throughout the Pacific.”

Panetta recently announced that by 2020, the United States would deploy 60% of its warships in the Asia-Pacific region, up from 50% now.

Categories: Conservatives, Foreign affairs, General, Government, Military, Politics

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  1. Jen says:

    All good news but what does the ndp- the media’s own governing party have to say to this… probably that ‘we are abandoning the poor the homeless the cbc, europe, the unions and etc?

    Peter Mac Kay to personally see to the navy is the only way to carry out his message had he said so prior to visiting or issueing his plans most probably the msm would cut him off and highlight the criticism from the left.

    The navy and the military have been so defunded by the liberals that the burden is placed on the cpc to carry out the work. So far not one reporter has told the liberals nor the public of this.

  2. Scott T says:

    Of course! Have to have our assets in place when the Yanks come demanding!

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