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Policy Briefing: Defence Policy Briefing
The government promised to increase defence spending from $18.9-billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. Photo by Corporal Ryan Moulton, courtesy of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Defence policy of the Trudeau government: missing the targets

Opinion|
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.
For large operations, if we set aside the NATO mission, Canada has fallen well short in implementation of its new defence policy.
News|Neil Moss
MPs say are eager to see the latest potential CF-18 replacements at Ottawa's annual defence trade show.
Feature|Emily Haws
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.
Feature|Shruti Shekar
Major-General David Fraser said the book is a story about fighting through adversity and will 'put on the record now what happened and why it happened' when Canada went to battle in Afghanistan.
Justin Trudeau’s lack of follow-through for the CAF is evident in the National Defence’s 2018 Departmental Plan.
News|Neil Moss
Conservative MP James Bezan says the Liberals have mismanaged the CSC program from the start
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.
If not enough spending is allocated to DND, spending will likely fall short first on capital projects, like procuring military equipment.
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.
Opinion|
It looks like there will be an 18-month delay between the two projects, which means workers could be laid off.
The head of the cybersecurity centre is expected to be announced this spring, but industry advocates say finding enough cybersecurity experts to staff it will be a major hurdle.

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