This morning, the paper version of the National Post carried a photograph of what looks very much like a missile flying at a 45-degree angle, with an orange flame trailing behind it. And a resident of Harbour Mille, N.L., Darlene Stewart, said shy saw the missile-like object for 10 minutes. Two other similar flying objects were also seen.
A neighbour, Emmy Pardy, also saw the objects. She says an RCMP officer called her at home and confirmed her suspicion: what she saw were missiles that had been fired from St. Pierre and Miquelon, French islands about 25 kilometres off the coast.
That was then.
Later, RCMP spokesman Sergeant Andrew Buckle would not confirm the sighting was a missile. According to the National Post, he said:
“The investigation is ongoing and we will be working with our various partners. At this point it is not a criminal investigation so we will be doing very minor checks on it.”
And Captain Kendra Allison, a spokeswoman for the Department of National Defence, told the National Post:
“We don’t see any threat to Canada at this time based on the sightings. As far as we're concerned, things are as per normal.”
Finally, the Nation post reports that NORAD confirmed the United States had no planned missile activity of any sort in the area.
Does this lack of information from our authorities satisfy anyone? Don’t we have a right to know who is firing missiles over Canadian airspace? Why the secrecy?
I don’t buy the notion that Canadian police and military do not have a full explanation of what happened. If that were the case we’d need a new police and military. That the explanation is kept from the Canadian people is inexcusable.
If a foreign nation (in this case France) is testing missiles over or near Canadian territory, Canadian citizens have a right to know about it. Someone needs to speak up.
[Full on-line story here]
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