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The Third Eye

"Canada Is Back" Beijing Canada Colony to Nation Myth Defence of Canada Delenda Est Carthago External Affairs Foreign Policy Global Affairs Maria Robson Morrow Second World War War War & Weaponry

The Third Eye

Autonomous signals intelligence has put Canada at the heart of Five Eyes sharing — writes Maria A. Robson   CANADA FOUNDED ITS first intelligence agency, the Communications Branch of the National Research Council, in 1946. The word “Security” was added in 1973 and since 1975 it has been known as the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). In the nationalist mood following the Second World War, some policymakers assumed that the development of autonomous signals intelligence would allow the country to go its own way and assert independence from Great Britain. As it happened, this expectation fit nicely into a colony-to-nation narrative. However, declassified...

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How Good Was Harper for Defence?

"Canada Is Back" Canadian Defence Defence of Canada Defence Policy Delenda Est Carthago Global Kim Richard Nossal National Defence

How Good Was Harper for Defence?

There are some areas where National Defence legacies of the Harper years live on. But in other areas, Harper failed to realize the vision he brought with him in 2006: Above all, the failure of the Conservative government to keep the CAF supplied with up-to-date weapons systems...

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The Myth of the 'Militia Myth'

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The Myth of the 'Militia Myth'

  BULLETS BEGAN TO whistle by him as Captain John Jenkins neared his target. Drifting snow impeded his every step. Opening the front of his long woollen greatcoat had helped his movement but still it was a struggle. Jenkins’ men of the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles had kept pace with him, along with the detachment of Canadian militia under his command. The plan that morning of February 22, 1813 had his force crossing the frozen St. Lawrence River to cut off escape by the American forces at Ogdensburg, New York. However from the increasing muzzle flashes ahead, it was clear his...

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After Afghanistan

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After Afghanistan

Adam Chapnick reviews a collection of the best defence thinkers examining Canada's defence and diplomatic policy options in the aftermath of the Afghanistan experience.

 

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1812 & The Fathers of Confederation

Allan Napier MacNab Battle Honours Canada Colony to Nation Myth Confederation Defence of Canada Donald Creighton Fathers of Confederation John Hamilton Gray Joseph Howe Lt. Col. Donald Macpherson Militia Myth Sir Adolphe-Philippe Caron Sir Charles Tupper Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché Sir George-Étienne Cartier Sir Hector-Louis Langevin Sir John A. Macdonald Sir Oliver Mowat Thomas D'Arcy McGee War of 1812

1812 & The Fathers of Confederation

Several Fathers of Confederation had a connection to the War of 1812. Only two generations separated the peace of 1814 from the Charlottetown conference -- the same lapse of time (fifty years) as between 1945 and 1995, when Canadians of all ages celebrated “Victory in Europe."

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