Once again, the Canadian Military gets treated as an afterthought.
When the Trudeau government announced their heavily hyped-up military equipment plan, I repeatedly noted that the plan was totally back-loaded and that nothing could be trusted until the money was actually being spent on real equipment.
Unsurprisingly, those doubts have been proven correct.
The Trudeau government is now $2.3 billion behind on military equipment spending in the past year, which almost certainly will push their military spending promises beyond the next election.
Keep in mind, most of their proposed military spending was already back-loaded until after the 2019 election, so the stuff being delayed now was what they promised could be done quickly.
Notably, a report points out that while analysts say there is potential for Canada’s military industry sector to grow, the government has been more focused on ‘refurbishing’ equipment, rather than investments to build the sector.
Basically, instead of really making a strong investment in new equipment now while simultaneously building our industry to ensure a strong defence sector in the future, the government is just fixing up old stuff – and even under-spending on that.
One expert said, “They’re not moving ahead as quickly as they suggested in the defence policy.”
This just continues a long line of failures by successive Canadian governments when it comes to the military. Even the previous Harper government often talked a big game on building the military, but their spending often fell short as well. It seems that it is deeply ingrained in the Canadian government to under-fund our men and women in uniform, and to just naively hope for the best when it comes to the defence of our nation.
Unfortunately, that could leave us incredibly vulnerable if a global crisis took place, which is why Canada needs true leaders willing to make the case for why a big investment in our military is essential to our long-term security and prosperity. The world is too dangerous to just hope everything turns out alright, and a true nation must have the means to defend our people.
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