1997

1997

 

Politics: 
  •   Though the Supreme Court of Canada considers the Separation Election 'illegal', the NFQ announces the election on September 03, 1998.  Riots overtake Quebec City in August, killing over 200 protestors and police.  The Canadian government blames the Resistance, and accuses the NFQ of harbouring the group.  Renaud ignores the Prime Minister's accusations, and travels to Paris, France to meet with the President of France to ask for his support.  Officially France does not support the election or the UN petition, though rumours circulate that France would be more than willing to help.  Prime Minister Chrétien and President Clinton (USA) denounce the French government for the meeting.
  •   Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is re-elected, though the Liberal Party remains only as it is the best of the worst.

Military: 

  •   The first of four ex-Upholder class SSK, purchased from the UK is completed and renamed the Victoria Class, HMCS Victoria.  The remaining three submarines are in poor shape, a condition that was withheld from the Canadian government upon purchase. 
  •   The Canadian Air Defence Destroyer (CADD) Project is announced and implemented.  Construction begins immediately to replace the aging Tribal (TRUMP) Class Destroyers.  6 ships are initially ordered, from an extended CPF design.  There is much protest from the Naval Community, as the new Provincial Class are as problematic as the Frigate, and not projected to last the 30 year minimum that a warship is supposed too.  
  •   The Strategic Naval Auxiliary Replenishment Tanker (SNART) Project is implemented.  The new Prince Class of AOR is projected to have 6 ships built.  The AOR HMCS Provider (AOR 508) is recommissioned on an emergency notice. 
  •   The Royal Pathfinder Regiment of Canada (RPRC) and the 1st Royal Naval Infantry Regiment of Canada (1RNIRC) are stood up.