“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. An article by Jack Granatstein entitled “Revolt of the Admirals” — published in Canada’s History magazine in October-November 2010 — outlines why naval brass were so against the move..
Hellyer was eighty-seven-years-old when he spoke with Canada’s History associate editor Nelle Oosterom about what he did right — and what he did wrong.