- 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.
- 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.