Increased Security Spending Doesn’t Mean Increased Defence Spending

Briefing 02-6

Author
Ernie Regehr

While Canada should be upgrading its contributions to international peace and security, there are at least three reasons why such measures should not take the form of defence spending increases. First, Canadian defence spending in absolute terms is already substantial by global standards. Second, Post-Cold War spending on key non-military contributions to international peace and security have been subjected to deeper cuts than has defence spending. Finally, the pre-eminent threats to international peace and security cannot for the most part be mitigated by increased military prowess.

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