Trudeau Government Leaves $8 Billion In Defence Money Unspent, Then Blames Harper Government

How can Harper be responsible for the Trudeau government not spending money on defence between 2017 – 2019?

As Justin Trudeau lies to the world and claims that he’s boosting defence spending, more evidence has emerged destroying his claims.

As reported by Global News, “Ottawa has failed to spend almost $8 billion in promised defence cash over the last two complete fiscal years.

According to documents obtained from the Department of National Defence, the federal government underspent roughly $7.79 billion worth of promised money mostly for capital projects, which includes everything from spending on facilities to equipment and military procurement, in fiscal 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The unspent money also came from areas including operations and maintenance, those documents dated from February 2019 suggest.”

Amazingly, Trudeau tried blaming the Harper government:

“One of the things that Canadians know is that we need to be spending money properly on the men and women of the armed forces and procurement processes have been significantly damaged by the previous government and we got them into a much better place.”

Even for a Trudeau statement, that is amazingly hypocritical.

Trudeau’s claims to be boosting defense spending are lies, since the Liberals simply changed the way the spending is calculated and included things that were never previously included to make the number look bigger.

Second, considering that the Liberals took office in 2015, and the under-spending has happened between 2017 and 2019, there is simply no way to blame the previous government. Once again, Trudeau’s seemingly pathological aversion to taking responsibility rears its ugly head, and he falls back on his old tactic of blaming Harper.

This massive under-spending means Canada’s armed forces are even weaker and more underfunded than we thought, which is a deeply disturbing reality considering how dire things are already.

Spencer Fernando

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