At the National Press Club in Ottawa, speakers discuss Canada’s possible role in a North American missile defence system, October 1, 2004.
First, author Mel Hurtig discusses his book "Rushing to Armageddon: The Shocking Truth about Canada, Missile Defence, and Star Wars." Mr. Hurtig outlines the roles that Canada and the United States may play in the so-called “weaponization of space,” as well as the possible consequences.
Following this, Theodore Postol (a professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at MIT) discusses ethical concerns relating to missile defence.
Next, Louis Marchildon (a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières) outlines the shortcomings of the current missile defence system.
Also on the program, Janice Gross-Stein (the director of the Munk Centre for International Studies) gives a speech entitled “The Middle East: The Match that Can Ignite the World” at the Empire Club of Canada, Toronto, Ont., October 7, 2004. Ms. Gross-Stein focuses on the future of the Middle East following the dismantling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.