Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Wednesday that meeting NATO’s spending target of two per cent of GDP — something that Canada agreed to in 2006 — is still under consideration . . .
Canada signed on to meeting that target but that promise looks disingenuous in retrospect. Canada’s spending comes in at just one per cent of GDP, or roughly $20 billion a year, a figure that many argue is simply too low to sustain a fine fighting force. Indeed, only five other countries of the 28 in NATO spend less . . .
“There is an over-reliance by the alliance as a whole on the United States for the provision of essential capabilities, including for instance, in regard to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; air-to-air refueling; ballistic missile defense; and airborne electronic warfare,” NATO officials wrote in a recent policy paper on national funding.
Hopefully, the days of making Uncle Sam write all of the checks for our Allies will come to an end, and I’m hoping the U.S. can use that money for improving the states’ roads and water systems.