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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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What you mean by “promoting security” is the manipulation of basic human rights.
The only people on the planet that want wars, death and destruction are those few who stand to gain from it and you can rest assured they will never put themselves in harms way. The rest of us just want to live our liv
1941 2003-05-02 01:14:12
Military strength cannot increase our security against terrorism because terrorism is the only response oppressed peoples can use against overwhelming military dominance. While Canada must continue to maintain a military force with the capability of holding armed combatants at bay, much
more empha
1935 2003-05-01 22:05:44
"Security for a few is insecurity for all." Nelson Mandela

CCIC has consistently urged the federal government to adopt a common security agenda which would invest in peace-making and peace-building as both a moral and global security imperative.

Common security means going beyond “al
CCIC 2003-05-01 21:15:13
Dear Mr. Graham;

I appreciate this opportunity to add my voice to those of other Canadians as we search for the foreign policy for the next decade. Here are my views:

1) I agree with the emphasis on multilateralism through the UN that we have taken so far. I believe that peace will only be
francesd 2003-05-01 21:06:05
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 t annag 2003-05-01 21:02:50
Broader security measures are essential: cooperating for environmental conservation, distributing low-cost medicines, combatting poverty and the greed of transnational corporations which fuels world poverty, ensuring access to water and food as a human right. 1924 2003-05-01 21:02:43
No we should not give higher priority to military combat operations. Our role as peacekeepers is important, but prevention of war is far more important. We need to focus on broader measures, such as combatting enveronmental degradation and infectious disease, and ensuring that all peoples have their 1919 2003-05-01 21:02:35
Canada was one of the first countries to pledge its support to the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. However, the integrity of Canada’s commitment to the struggle against international terrorists, and the countries that sponsor them, is compromised when senior Canadian offi Canada_IsraelCommittee 2003-05-01 21:02:26
In promoting the security of Canadians, the Canadian Government must not simply adopt the measures taken by the US Gov't ostensibly to protect its own security. Actions taken by the US ostensibly for security are often horrifically immoral, and either unnecessary or counter-productive for securi 1914 2003-05-01 21:02:17
In reviewing previous submissions many common notes are present. One note is the total support for military combat cabilities vs. total lack of support for military combat capabilities. The other note is mixing of Canadian policy with American policy. I would like to address both notes now.

1912 2003-05-01 21:02:09
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