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Canada unlikely to meet NATO’s two per cent defence spending goal

By Marco Vigliotti      

Defence experts don't believe the Trudeau government will dip deeper into the coffers to ensure Canada is spending two per cent of its GDP on defence, even though the Trump administration has called for American allies to allocate more on security.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference in June 2016. Experts doubt Canada will meet the NATO objective of spending two per cent of its GDP on defence. Photograph courtesy of NATO
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Despite calls from the Trump administration for American allies to foot more of the bill for security, Canadian defence spending will likely remain flat in the coming years and continue to fall short of an agreed-upon threshold tied to the size of the economy, say experts. "It seems not to have had a measurable impact so far, at least if we can judge from the most recent budget," Christian Leuprecht, a professor of political science at the Royal Military

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