Having mulled over some of the commentary on Paul Martin's decision not to participate in ballistic missle defense with the United States. Right thinking people probably has a good sense of what's going on. I'm not surprised by it because it really is the Liberal schtick: symbolic gestures that do nothing (see: gun registry).
The reason it is an empty gesture is simple: Canada ultimately will participate in BMD, using NORAD as an excuse; and if there was really a ballistic missile attack on the United States, Canada would have absolutely no say on US interceptor missiles over Canadian airspace.
What is truly pathetic is the adolescent behaviour of a segment of the Canadian population - who seem to dominate the MSM, the Liberal Party, and the other elites in Canada. They'll take the money, vacation in Florida, give nothing and return and demand that their independence be respected and spite the generosity of their neighbours. Sounds more like teenagers to me.
Secondly, I find it now sad to say that my Canadian history and identity is now replaced by defining a Canadian as a shrill anti-American who gets "free" health care. Are those really the pillars that you want to build a society on? For the Liberals in Canada - the answer is yes. And that answer is another reason why I left.