Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canadian military spending after a new NATO report this week showed Canada was heading in the wrong direction.
Canada and other members of the NATO military alliance agreed in 2014 to increase defense spending to 2% of their national gross domestic product.
But the new report released Monday by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg estimates that Canada’s defense spending will actually decline as a percentage of GDP this year.
Ahead of a NATO summit in Spain, where the issue of defense spending will be front and center, Trudeau says Canada is investing more money in new fighter jets and North American defenses.
He also says that Canada has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to the military alliance by stepping up its deployments in Latvia and elsewhere.
The prime minister dodged the question of whether Canada is prepared to send more troops to Latvia as NATO seeks to double the size of its forces in the Baltics.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 28, 2022