Canada column for Sunday, June 18/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Canada’s decision to hike its defense spending by $14 billion over 10 years can be summed up in a name: Trump.
That’s what the Toronto Globe and Mail commented when reporting that Canada will be making major investments in the military.
This is the promised response to the presidency of Donald Trump, aiming at a less United States-centric Canadian foreign policy, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia said.
“To rely solely on the U.S. security umbrella would make us a client state,” Freeland added.
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said the Liberal government vision for expanding the Armed Forces would include spending $60 billion over 20 years.
The plans include adding 5,000 personnel to the Armed Forces and modern capabilities for cyberattacks and armed drones for unmanned airstrikes along with new warships and fighter jets.
“We’re serious about our role in the world and we must be serious about funding our military,” Sajjan said.
As well, Canada will spend an additional $198 million on health and wellness in the next decade to better support military personnel, especially the ill and injured, as well as family members.