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Policy Briefing: Policy Briefing: Defence
The defence policy review, led by National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, will not show drastic changex in priorities for Canada, say experts. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Upcoming defence policy review won’t reshape long-standing security priorities: experts

Canada's defence priorities have changed little in the past decades, and despite a changing world order, won't be altered in the coming policy review, according to defence experts.
Deterrence made a comeback in 2014, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and was featured prominently in the NATO communiqués during the Wales and Warsaw summits.
Controversies involving the government's multibillion-dollar shipbuilding program and the search for the next fleet of fighter jets continue to give contractors headaches.
For too long, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says successive federal governments have failed to provide 'predictable, sustainable, long-term funding' for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Opinion|Sean Bruyea
MFRCs, at $28-million annually, account for less than 10 per cent of the CAF Morale and Welfare Services budget. Families are valued far less than one maritime helicopter that cost well over $100-million in 2003.
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.
Protecting electronic capabilities, ending sexual harassment in the military, and diversifying our Armed Forces should be among the priorities.
Opinion|Harjit Sajjan
When a member deploys, they and their families make great sacrifices on our behalf. This is why, as part of the new defence policy, our government decided that the salaries of military personnel deployed on named international operations will be exempt from federal income tax, up to the pay level of lieutenant colonel.
Trudeau's consecutive budget cuts to our military, amounting to more than $12-billion, are a slap in the face to our NATO allies.
Opinion|John Labelle
Why must veterans look for law firms to fight the same government they were prepared to provide the ultimate sacrifice for?

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