U.S. sent ‘blunt’ letter to Canada criticizing defence spending: sources
A “blunt” letter from the U.S. government was delivered to the Department of National Defence that criticized Canadian defence spending levels.A “blunt” letter from the U.S. government was delivered to the Department of National Defence that criticized Canadian defence spending levels and repeated American demands that Canada meet NATO targets.
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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan greets Canadian Forces Cpl. Kevin Huard after announcing Canada's new defence policy in Ottawa on Wednesday. During the last election campaign, the Liberals' promised they would not cut a planned increase to the defence budget of . 8 -billion over 10 years
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 suggest.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked by Global News about that failure to spend the promised amounts during a press conference on Wednesday from the NATO meeting, and pointed the finger at past governments.
"One of the things that Canadians know is that we need to be spending money properly," he said.
"Procurement processes have been significantly damaged by the previous government."
The news of the repeated underspending comes after American officials sent Canada what sources called a "blunt" diplomatic letter criticizing the government for not meeting the agreed-upon target among NATO members to spend two per cent of GDP on defence.
Despite U.S. calls for more, Canada's defence spending set to stay the same
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely to face questions from other leaders of the NATO military alliance next week as new figures show Canadian military spending is expected to remain stagnant this year. All NATO members agreed in 2014 to work toward spending two per cent of their gross domestic products on defence within a decade, a pledge that has taken on added significance thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump.
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And like most of its allies, Canada has repeatedly failed to fulfil that commitment. But a new NATO report estimates Canada spent just one per cent of GDP on defence last year , leaving The previous Conservative government promised in last year ’s federal budget to boost defence spending over
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called Canada "slightly delinquent" for not hitting those targets.
Canada currently spends 1.31 per cent of GDP on defence.
Trump also mused on Tuesday about slapping countries that do not meet the target with retaliatory trade measures and warned that he would not commit to defending member countries under the principle of shared defence if those members are deemed to be underspending on defence.
He also accused Trudeau on Wednesday morning of being "two-faced" after video captured Trudeau seemingly speaking candidly about Trump with other NATO member leaders during a reception on Tuesday evening.
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