MacKay gives honorary degree to John McCain in Washington

Defence Minister Peter MacKay is in the U.S. capital today meeting with his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, and bestowing an honorary doctorate upon U.S. Senator John McCain.

Defence minister signing Canada-U.S. agreement on development work in Caribbean

Defence Minister Peter MacKay is in Washington Tuesday for talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (right.) The two counterparts are seen here at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Summit in Singapore last month. (Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

Defence Minister Peter MacKay is in the U.S. capital today meeting with his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, and bestowing an honorary doctorate upon Senator John McCain.

MacKay was also scheduled to make a speech to representatives of the Inter-American Defense Board, an international organization devoted to defence and security issues, and the Organization of American States.

During his meeting with Hagel, MacKay and the new American defence secretary will sign the Caribbean Defence Co-operation Framework, an agreement meant to guide Canada-U.S. development efforts in Caribbean countries.

They're also expected to discuss NORAD and the reorganization of NATO.

At the Canadian Embassy, MacKay will present McCain, the Arizona Republican who ran for president in 2008, with an honorary doctorate of military science from the Royal Military College of Canada.

McCain is being recognized for his "dedication to our countries' bilateral relationship and to his extensive work in promoting international security," MacKay's office said in a release.