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Military spending, alone, will not bring security: Sen. Roche

The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians, this is simply not true

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the chorus of demands for an increase in military spending has become deafening. In a succession of reports, Canadians are being warned that their military is on the verge of collapse and can only be saved with a quick infusion of several billion dollars. This is a familiar refrain. Ever since the budget cuts of the mid-1990s, the defence lobby has been warning that our withering military capability is making it impossible to fulfill Canadian priorities and values abroad. The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians. This is simply not true.

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Military spending, alone, will not bring security: Sen. Roche

The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians, this is simply not true

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the chorus of demands for an increase in military spending has become deafening. In a succession of reports, Canadians are being warned that their military is on the verge of collapse and can only be saved with a quick infusion of several billion dollars. This is a familiar refrain. Ever since the budget cuts of the mid-1990s, the defence lobby has been warning that our withering military capability is making it impossible to fulfill Canadian priorities and values abroad. The logic presented to us is that more money for defence equals more security for Canadians. This is simply not true.

  

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