Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence.
The Prime Minister seems to be sowing a bit of confusion with respect to not just the Canadian position but also the American position on national missile defence. On the one hand he appeared to suggest that they would not proceed without the approval of NATO, China and Russia, and then the next day he appeared to backtrack on that position.
What is the Canadian understanding of the American position? Are they prepared to proceed even if China, Russia and NATO partners object, or not?