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1987 – Meanwhile, about 200 protesters hauled a six-metre replica of a missile to International Trade Minister Pat Carney’s office in downtown Vancouver Tuesday but found the minister’s staff was out for lunch.

The Vancouver Sun
February 25, 1987
Page A 13
New Cruise test planned for Friday

COLDLAKE, Alta. – There will be another test of an unarmed, air-launched U.S. cruise missile over northwestern Canada on Friday, the defence department said today.

The announcement was made from CanadianForcesBaseColdLake less than 24 hours after Tuesday’s successful test and after word that the five-year agreement between Canada and the U.S. to test the weapon will be renewed.

The original agreement expires at the end of February, 1988, but Bill Chambers, spokesman for External Affairs Minister Joe Clark, said the pact will be automatically renewed for another five years.

Chambers said the cruise pact allows either country to cancel out if it finds that withdrawing is in its national interest.

“It’s totally up to us, or to the Americans, to decide what is a national priority,” he said.

Tuesday’s test of the ground-hugging missile went off without a hitch.

The unarmed cruise was released from a B-52 jet bomber over the Beaufort Sea and flew 2,200-kilometres in just under four hours to land by parachute at the PrimroseLake weapons range on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

Protesters from the Greenpeace environmental group, who claimed to be in the area, were nowhere to be found, according to military officials.

However, a Vancouver man who claimed to have taken part in the protest action said he went undetected for 22 hours on the base.

Simon Waters, 39, said he was within sight of the landing site but declined to leave the cover of the woods because helicopters searching the area would have detected him.

A department of national defence spokesman said there were no unauthorized people in the vicinity of the recovery area when the missile landed.

“There were no tracks to indicate anyone was near the recovery area,” said Major Jan Martinsen.

Meanwhile, about 200 protesters hauled a six-metre replica of a missile to International Trade Minister Pat Carney’s office in downtown Vancouver Tuesday but found the minister’s staff was out for lunch.

The protesters, mostly students from Langara and Capilano colleges, had planned to lobby Carney’s staff against the cruise.

“Pat Carney heard we were coming and did the typical thing – closed up shop and refused to meet the people,” said Brian Salmi of the Langara Students Union.

Carney’s assistant, Ray McAllister, said today that Carney is opposed to the tests.

“The minister has repeatedly stated her opposition, but she is just one voice in the cabinet,” McAllister said.

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