‘I should have followed my instincts’
Former defence minister Paul Hellyer does not regret unifying Canada’s armed forces, but he would do a few things differently if he had to do it again. Hellyer unified the army, navy, and air force in the 1960s under a storm of controversy.
The navy in particular opposed unification. Read “Revolt of the Admirals” by Jack Granatstein in the October-November issue of Canada’s History magazine to learn more.
Hellyer, who is now eighty-seven-years-old, spoke with Canada’s History associate editor Nelle Oosterom about what he did right — and what he did wrong. (10 minutes, 16 seconds).