The Trudeau government's defence decisions, or rather non-decisions, further enhance policy instability and fails to provide the necessary assurance that the capabilities needed to safeguard and protect our country will be in place.
Despite critiques from experts, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the government is working on improving the procurement process, as outlined in the government's defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.
Through Strong, Secure, Engaged, we’ve committed to increase the annual defence spending to $32.7-billion over the next 10 years—an increase of over 70 per cent. We know that an investment in our equipment is an investment in our people.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said DND's plans for purchasing new military equipment will be out this spring, while also discussing Bill C-59, the CSE's new Centre for Cyber Security, and some of the criticisms over his new 20-year $62-billion defence plan.
By committing $800-million for cyber security, the government has shown that it is willing to take steps to protect Canada from cyber attacks. However, this commitment needs to be coupled with strong policy that addresses the current glaring weaknesses in our system.