Recommendations for a New Canadian Defence Policy
It is difficult to deny the need for revisiting Canadian defence policy. Nearly a decade has passed since the Government of Canada last released a statement on defence policy, this being the Conservative’s 2008 Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS).
Circumstances have greatly changed. Successive governments reduced and reallocated promised defence funding to later years, raising questions on the CFDS’s fiscal foundations.
One can also add the changed global security environment, in which Canada must contend with a resurgent Russia, an aggressive China, and a renewed terrorist threat – not to mention a new US administration under President Donald Trump that has raised serious concerns in capitals around the world, including Ottawa.
The paper sets out a number of recommendations on Canadian defence policy that the Trudeau government – still in the process of completing its DPR – would do well to heed.