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Canada Command – OP Cadence 2010 G8 and G20 Summits


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Canadian Forces Support to the 2010 G-8 and G-20 Summits has Direct Link to the Canada First Defence Strategy

OP Cadence 2010 G8 and G20 Summits

In this 2005 photo, a Canadian Forces (CF) CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 1 Wing Kingston’s 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron flies over the City of Toronto, past the CN Tower. CF personnel and equipment are frequently tasked for domestic operations to provide support to other federal government partners for security around major public and international events in Canada. In June of 2010, the CF will support the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit (ISU) for the upcoming G-8 and G-20 Summits that will take place in Huntsville and Toronto, Ontario.

Photo credit: Master-Corporal Larry Wilson, 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The Government of Canada gives clear direction to the Canadian Forces (CF) through the Canada First Defence Strategy regarding CF roles – defending Canada, defending North America and contributing to international peace and security. As the host country for the upcoming G-8 and G-20 Summits in Huntsville and Toronto, Ontario, Canada faces significant challenges in today’s complex and unpredictable security environment. These international events taking place in June of 2010 have the potential to test all three of those roles.

For the G-8 and G-20 Summits, the CF will provide support to the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit (ISU) with unique military resources and capabilities provided by the army, navy and air force to ensure the safety and security of the Summits’ participants and Canadians.

While the challenges associated with the G-8 and G-20 Summits are daunting, the Canada First Defence Strategy has positioned the CF with the core capabilities, capacity and flexibility required to quickly and effectively address any potential threats to safety and security. Military tasks associated with the Summits include large-scale operational planning, land and air surveillance, underwater safety and security for the venues and some logistic and ceremonial functions. Support also includes drawing on the CF’s ongoing partnership in the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).

Canada Command is responsible for Canadian Forces (CF) routine and contingency operations in Canada and North America. The Command also coordinates, when requested, CF support to Canadian civil and law enforcement authorities. CF support to the 2010 G-8 and G-20 Summits will be conducted under the command of Joint Task Force Central (JTFC), one of six regional task forces reporting to Canada Command.

Publication Date : 13 April 2010

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Canadian Forces Stand Ready to Support the RCMP for the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits

2010 G8 and G20 Summits

In 2002, Canada hosted a G8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta, and the Canadian Forces provided equipment and personnel in support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the RCMP. This photo shows a line of CH-146 Griffon helicopters at Springbank airport just outside of Calgary, in support of the Kananaskis Summit. The helicopters and support personnel were drawn from 408 Squadron in Edmonton, 403 Squadron in Gagetown, N.B., 430 Squadron in Valcartier, Que., 438 Squadron in St.-Hubert, Que., 427 Squadron in Petawawa, Ont. and 400 Squadron in Borden, Ont.

Photo: Sgt. David Snashall, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Canada’s leadership will be highlighted throughout the first half of 2010, when we will be hosting major international events. In February, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games will take place, and in June, the G8 Summit will be held in Huntsville, Ontario, followed by the G20 Summit in Toronto.

Canada will chair the G8 Summit as the leaders of eight of the world’s most industrialized countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom – gather at the annual meeting to discuss a broad range of issues, such as fiscal and monetary policy coordination and international development. Industrialized and leading emerging countries meet regularly at G20 summits which have become an important international forum to advance economic cooperation.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is the lead agency responsible for the coordination and conduct of the G8 Summit. The job of providing security for the dozens of world leaders, their delegations and the people of the Huntsville area falls under the authority of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP has the overall federal lead for the G8 Summit Integrated Security Unit, which is a joint partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police, Canadian Forces (CF) and other government and law enforcement agencies. It is the job of the ISU to ensure a safe and secure summit for participants, visitors, demonstrators and residents.

The CF has been formally asked by the RCMP to provide unique military resources and capabilities, subject to approval by the Minister of National Defence, which will help facilitate the ISU’s ability to provide safety and security at the summit locations. These unique capabilities include the CF capacity for large-scale planning and logistics.

The CF will participate in the ISU as part of a Canada Command operation. Joint Task Force Central (JTFC), which is the military organization responsible for events and domestic military operations throughout Central Canada, has been tasked with delivering CF support to law enforcement for the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits.

Canada Command is responsible for CF routine and contingency operations in Canada and North America. It works in close partnership with federal departments and agencies, as well as continental provincial, territorial and non-government organizations. Its roles include sovereignty patrols, air and maritime search and rescue, civil and humanitarian air (disaster relief), support to law enforcement agencies and support to major public events.

For more information about Canada Command and its subordinate organizations read: Canada Command Backgrounder.

Publication Date : 26 January 2010

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