Cross Country Checkup·SUNDAY ON CHECKUP

Is Canada spending too much or too little on defence?

The federal government announced an $8 billion increase in military spending in the 2022 federal budget. Our question this week: Is Canada spending too much or too little on defence? Is Canada a country of peacekeepers or fighters?

Are we peacekeepers or fighters? Call us: 1-888-416-8333

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tables the federal budget in the House of Commons as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on in Ottawa. A number of Liberal election promises weren't included in Freeland's second budget as finance minister. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

This week Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the Liberal government will increase defence spending by $8 billion over five years, a move widely anticipated in advance of the tabling of the federal budget.

Of that spending, $500 million has been set aside to arm Ukraine to resist Russia's invasion. However, Canada will not meet NATO's request of two percent of GDP for defence funding — instead, it is projected to be 1.5 of GDP. 

Our question this week:  Is Canada spending too much or too little on defence? Are we peacekeepers or fighters?

Plus, Ask Me Anything about what you need to know about the sixth wave of COVID-19 that is striking many places across the country. Dr. Lynora Saxinger answers your questions.

Tell us what you think: Call us on Sunday at 1-888-416-8333, email us, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now