by David J. Bercuson
The decision of Jean Chrétien's government to spurn even a hint of Canadian participation in the recent United States-led war could have far reaching operational implications for the Canadian military.
From the end of World War II until 1994 every Canadian defence white paper restated the three principal missions of Canada's military forces. They were to defend Canada, to help the United States defend North America, and to augment multilateral military efforts to maintain or enforce international peace and stability.
The last of those aims brought with it the implication that the Canadian military might, at some point, find itself fighting ...