The United States government has spent more than $239 billion - a massive weapons industry corporate subsidy - on the so-called 'Strategic Defense Initiative' since it was first announced by then-US president Ronald Reagan in March 1983.
Tucked in the Joint Statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump earlier this week was the line, "We will work to modernize and broaden our NORAD partnership in these key domains [aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning], as well as in cyber and space."
The Toronto Star reports, "Canada decided more than a decade ago not to join the ballistic missile defence program being developed at the time by the U.S. But that decision is getting another look as the Liberal government reviews its defence priorities."
In her book Too Close for Comfort: Canada's Future within Fortress North America, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow observed, "The decision not to join George Bush's ballistic missile defence plan was popular with the Canadian people."