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.