Mark Collins – NATO Defence Spending: Canada 5th Last as GDP Percentage

A tweet from the organization:

Canada 0.99%, at p. 2 PDF here:

Graph 2 : Defence Expenditure as a share of Gross Domestic Product
(based on 2010 prices and exchange rates)

Will the government’s defence policy review have any positive effect on defence spending? One has severe doubts. But might there at least be some new money to cover the incremental costs of the forthcoming commitment of a fairly substantial ground force to NATO in eastern Europe?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


5 thoughts on “Mark Collins – NATO Defence Spending: Canada 5th Last as GDP Percentage”

  1. So how many troops with NATO in Latvia will actually be Canadian? Se last para below:

    ‘NATO head applauds Canada’s decision to boost presence in Eastern Europe

    The head of NATO has singled out Canada with praise for agreeing to take a leadership role in the standoff with Russia.

    Speaking in Brussels on Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Canada’s promise to lead a 1,000-strong force in Eastern Europe sends a clear signal that the alliance is strong and united.

    “This is a great contribution to our common security, and a clear signal that our nations will defend one another on both sides of the Atlantic,” Stoltenberg said in a press conference held days before NATO leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, meet at a summit in Warsaw.

    The Liberal government announced last week that Canada would join Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States in leading a 4,000-strong NATO reassurance force in the Baltics and Poland.

    The decision came after significant pressure from European and American allies, with U.S. President Barack Obama stating in his address to Parliament on Wednesday that “NATO needs more Canada
    [see comment here: ].”

    Canadian troops are expected to be deployed to Latvia, where they will make up the majority of a 1,000-strong battalion that will also include forces from other NATO members. Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. will lead similar units in Lithuania, Estonia and Poland…’

    Will our 220 troops in Poland now doing training stay? Doubtful. See “Land Task Force”:

    Mark Collins

  2. CGAI Fellow Prof. Steve Saideman thinks Latvia mission will alleviated defence spending pressure from allies (many of whom in no position to say much anyway):

    Mark Collins

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