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Globe and Mail: Poilievre would ‘work towards meeting’ 2-per-cent NATO target

February 15, 2024 — 

A leaked Pentagon document obtained by The Washington Post last year said Mr. Trudeau has told NATO officials privately that Canada will at no time meet the military alliance’s defence spending target. When this was reported last April, the Prime Minister declined to confirm he had made that statement.

Andrea Charron, director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba, said Canada should be spending 2 per cent of annual economic output on the military. But, she noted, Canada in recent years has committed to numerous major capital projects, including F-35 fighters, P-8 maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, as well as nearly $40-billion over 20 years to help upgrade joint North American defences against airborne threats.

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