PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday that he ordered the take down of an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace.
“NORAD Command shot down the object over the Yukon. Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled, and a U.S. F-22 successfully fired at the object, ” he added.
Trudeau said: “I spoke with [U.S.] President [Joe] Biden this afternoon. Canadian Forces will now recover and analyze the wreckage of the object. Thank you to NORAD for keeping the watch over North America.”
National Defence Minister Anita Anand said: “Today, a NORAD Command aircraft shot down an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace. Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled and a U.S. F-22 fired at the object. I discussed this with [U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd] Austin and reaffirmed that we’ll always defend our sovereignty together.”
Meanwhile, Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai said in a statement: “Today, I was briefed by Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendocino and Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal about the high altitude airborne object shot down over the Yukon. I also spoke with Minister of National Defence Anita Anand.
“We recognize events like these can generate concern, but I want to assure Yukoners that at no time was the safety of Yukoners at risk. I also want to commend the Prime Minister for taking decisive action to protect Yukoners and all Canadians.
“The federal government’s cooperative approach to information sharing is helpful as we work together to ensure Yukoners are kept informed and up to date about events as they transpire.”