No big defence spending increases, funding for implementing measures to allow humanitarian organizations to operate in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and more oversight of CSIS are all good news stories from the 2023 federal budget. And the Ukraine update offers yet more arguments for a diplomatic push now.
The federal budget tabled this week continues the pre-pandemic pattern of defence spending increases, which will do nothing to address the existential threats of climate catastrophe, the destruction of nature and nuclear armageddon.
The real problem with NATO military spending is not underspending by the rest of the members, but the obscene level of overspending by the USA.
With the USA ramping up its global military activity and eschewing UN-led peace and security efforts, Canada must restore and expand its leadership on war prevention and peaceful conflict resolution.
A new report, entitled Smart Defence: A plan for rebuilding Canada’s military, has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Written by University of British Columbia Professor Michael Byers, the study identifies more than $10 billion in potential savings in spending on military equipment. At the same […]
Military assistance comes before humanitarian aid for Canada as disaster relief mission begins.