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National Defence committee  I'm not familiar with the specifics of what you're talking about, but I think the Coast Guard and Transport Canada would be better positioned to talk about it and answer your question.

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  I think we've missed a part of a fundamental issue. Regardless of where a missile hits, either in Canada or elsewhere in North America, the consequences of that missile's hitting are borne by both Canada and the United States, so that—

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  That's correct. Our primary role—and we worked on this very much with NORTHCOM headquarters—is in consequence management. I've already described what it is we do federally and provincially as a part of that effort.

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  I would supplement that. In terms of the NORAD maritime warning mission, we're missing an element of the whole-of-government role in all of this. We have the Maritime Security Operation Centres. There are three in Canada, one on each coast. They work with Transport Canada, the Co

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  I could reinforce that too, having worked in the United States Pacific Command and having noted differences between the U.S. and Canada in how we respond to gun violence. In our headquarters we repeatedly exercised first-person shooter scenarios in which we responded to those kin

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  I would just add that we, as a force employer, pay a great deal of attention to this. We work in concert with the Communications Security Establishment on the things that we're already capable of doing on the cyber front in protecting our forces. With the force we sent overseas t

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  Having lived in Hawaii and having been responsible for disaster management in Hawaii, I'm aware that was developed. I think within the U.S. psyche with the very notion that they're under threat they would walk through that kind of a scenario. It's entirely in line with U.S. think

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  I think we've been in the mindset of considering terrorist events, and we've had plans that have considered the use by terrorists of certain kinds of weapons, be they nuclear, chemical, or biological, and those kinds of things. Public notification and public response through prov

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  Sir, part of the answer to that is that I think there is some information there that's classified. It's very clear, as you're probably reading in the open media, that the North Koreans are developing a capability—they've long had submarines, and we certainly saw the attack on t

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  Sir, that's an area that's a great news story. CJOC and the entire Canadian Forces are fully plugged in, both with the United States and with our allies in the Asia-Pacific. As you know, I spent three years working at the United States Pacific Command and I learned a great deal a

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  Are you specifically asking about a nuclear attack on North America?

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  Sir, that's a great question, and it links into what General St-Amand talked about, the warning problem. From very early on in the process, Canada is made aware that there's a potential issue, in this case a missile that could strike North America. Right from the get-go the senio

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour

National Defence committee  Mr. Chair, honourable members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to appear before the Standing Committee on National Defence to address the committee's concerns about North Korea and the readiness of the Canadian Armed Forces. As LGen St-Amand mentioned, North Korea's i

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

MGen William Seymour