Military spending: Ottawa says it will meet NATO target by 2029

Military spending: Ottawa says it will meet NATO target by 2029
Military spending: Ottawa says it will meet NATO target by 2029

Canada appears on track to meet NATO military spending guidelines by the end of the decade, National Defense Minister Bill Blair said Friday, in part because of increased investment in the Arctic, near its shared border with Russia, as the region warms rapidly due to climate change.

After Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014, Russia’s alliesNATO agreed to end budget cuts and devote 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) to defense within 10 years.

Canada devoted barely 1% of its GDP at the time.

Bill Blair has indicated that he expects Canada’s defense spending to reach at least 1.75% of GDP by 2029, but that other investments, including replacing the country’s aging submarine fleet or purchasing integrated air defense and missile systems, would likely push that figure beyond the recommended 2 percent.

According to the most recent data from theNATOCanada would devote 1.33% of its GDP to its military budget.

Additionally, Mr. Blair said that in close coordination with allies, a Canadian-led battle group in Latvia is being expanded to brigade size.

% of defense spending. But I have work to do to be able to express that both to my own country and to our allies”,”text”:”I think that inevitably takes us to over 2% of defense spending. But I have work to do to be able to express this both to my own country and to our allies”}}”>I think that inevitably takes us to over 2% of defense spending. But I have work to do to be able to express this both to my own country and to our alliesdid he declare.

Canada also plans to purchase surveillance planes and helicopters, as well as replenish its ammunition reserves.

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A Canadian-led battle group in Latvia is being expanded to brigade size. (Archive photo)

Photo: Reuters / Ints Kalnins

Our country is at a pivotal moment. Our sovereignty and security are no longer guaranteed by our geographic location.

A quote from Bill Blair, Minister of National Defense

Canada is surrounded by three oceans and has as its neighbor Canada’s greatest ally.NATOUnited States.

But the new threat environment, the greater accessibility of our Arctic, new technologies and the actions of our adversaries have taught us that we must be readyhe told journalists on the sidelines of a meeting of defense ministers of theNATO in Brussels, Belgium.

On the social network X, Minister Blair announced earlier Friday morning that the government was donating 900 Canadian-built drones to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities.

The general secretary of theNATOJens Stoltenberg, said he expects about two-thirds of the alliance’s 32 member countries to spend 2 percent of their GDP to their defense budget, compared to only three countries 10 years ago.

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