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World when Liberal defence policy, ‘Strong, Secure, Engaged,’ was written, no longer exists

Instead, Canada must reprioritize both the structure of Canada’s foreign policy and defence and security framework to define the core capability requirements of Canada’s military.

Warrant Officer Marc Lalancette, pictured May 9, 2020, guiding an incoming CC-130J Hercules aircraft carrying members from 1 Canadian Field Hospital, Detachment Halifax at Saint-Hubert Garrison in Montreal as part of Operation Laser. As a middle power and a trading nation, Canada’s future prosperity requires strong partnerships with like-minded and confident nations, devoted to the protection and advancement of our collective values, write Conservative MPs James Bezan and Leona Alleslev. Photograph courtesy of Cpl. Ene, 2nd division public affairs/DND Combat Camera

While Canada is not yet in recovery, now is the time to define the priorities for the next phase. To prevent drastic economic collapse the government established sweeping emergency benefit packages at substantial cost to the nation. The Parliamentary Budget Office suggests that it is not unthinkable for the federal debt to reach $1-trillion this year, possibly bankrupting a generation. In Canada’s recovery, tough conversations will need to be had on reigning in government spending. If the past is indicative of the future, then it is likely defence spending will be the first casualty. But in the post-COVID world, that would be exactly the wrong approach.

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