Trump pressures Canada to double defence spending

Family portrait of NATO Heads of State and Government - Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in BrusselsU.S. President Donald Trump tried to dress down fellow NATO members for not spending enough on their armed forces in a speech at the NATO summit on Thursday.

Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, condemned the President’s comments:

I was appalled by his condescending remarks to NATO leaders today, which were an embarrassment for our country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by defending Canada’s record in the organization, while asserting that he will not be increasing Canada’s presence in Iraq or sending troops back to Afghanistan:

We have no troops in Afghanistan at this time, but we are happy to be supportive in other ways.

President Trump claims that “23 of 28 members are not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defence.” In response, the PM maintained that Canada is actively engaged in the fight against terrorism and is supporting NATO in other ways, including through intelligence-gathering by the Communications Security Establishment.

Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason noted that

For Canada to do Trump’s bidding and meet the NATO “aspirational target” of 2% GDP, it would have to double defence spending from $18.7 billion to just over $40 billion. This is an enormous sum, and many Canadians believe that this money would be better spent on various social, environmental, peacebuilding, and humanitarian programs.

With the long-awaited defence policy review due to be released on June 7th, we will soon find out whether Canada will continue to stand strong in the face of external pressures to increase our national defence budget. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s assertion that “The defence policy was done by and for Canadians” will be put to the test…

 

If you wish to send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to resist Trump’s pressure to double our defence spending, click on: Don’t Increase Military Spending.

 

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5 Responses to “Trump pressures Canada to double defence spending”

  1. EspoirJune 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    We need a canexit vote on NATO. We need a referendum to give Canadians a say on whether or not to stay in NATO.

    I for one want Canada out of NATO, an obsolete organization with no useful purpose. Its clearly an imperialist tool for the cabal to attack countries and groups that want to break free

  2. DemetriosMay 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    In the last couple of years, the world seems crazier and more dangerous, with a president who is schizophrenic claiming something during the election campaign and doing the opposite. He is obviously (to my eye) being told what to do. The recent sale of arms to the Saudis and his allegiance to Israel are worrisome indeed. He threatened to get rid of NATO, now he wants the members to pony up, He wanted to axe NAFTA, now he’s got both Mexico and Canada around his little finger. Will Justin Trudeau show resolve not to cooperate with his unpredictable and potentially threatening attitude? I’m not holding my breath.

    Things seemed so promising when we got rid of Stephen Harper. Now we have a prime minister with no backbone who loves to take selfies.

  3. Anne StreeterMay 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    No more money to Nato! Let’s get out of the Middle East and lets get our troops back from Latvia! Until we back off there will continue to be serious repercussions! Enough war mongering! The only beneficiary is the Military Industrial Complex, the Neocons and the U.S. Deep State!

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