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Defence review and defence industrial base: an opportunity to enhance sovereignty, drive innovation-led growth

By Christyn Cianfarani      

This is a government that seems to want to do things differently to advance the economy and Canada’s role in the world. The defence review can be an important element of that agenda, particularly if it breaks with the past, aligns with our allies, and commits to developing a defence industrial policy aimed at enhancing Canadian sovereignty and bolstering innovation-led growth.

The federal government’s review of Canadian defence policy, led by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and the fourth in the past two decades, has had the most robust and systematic consultation process in living memory. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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The federal government’s review of Canadian defence policy—the fourth in the past two decades—has had the most robust and systematic consultation process in living memory. Formal roundtables with numerous stakeholders, involving Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan personally, his senior officials, and his blue ribbon advisory panel, took place throughout the spring and summer and the government encouraged written submissions from Canadians across the country. The end result will likely take the form of a formal statement or

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