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Question 4: Security

In promoting the security of Canadians, where should our priorities lie? Should Canada give a higher priority to military combat operations? To sectors such as intelligence gathering and analysis? Or should we focus on broader security measures, such as combatting environmental degradation and the spread of infectious disease? What should be our distinctive role in promoting global security?



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Date: 2003-05-01 20:59:38
The most important issue is defining what it is we mean by security and not simply equating military security with security. While the document talks about non-military aspects of security, it does not recognize that militarism is actually a threat to security in many ways. This, again, is part of the many fine international studies, including the Palme commission report on Common Security, the North-South work of the Brandt commission, and Gro Harlem Brundtland’s commission on Sustainable Development. We should adopt a common security approach not a military security one.
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