Af­ter Trump crit­i­cisms, mil­i­tary an­nounces sharp spend­ing hike

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TORONTO | Canada’s de­fense chief an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the coun­try plans to sharply in­crease its mil­i­tary bud­get fol­low­ing pressure from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to bol­ster spend­ing.

De­fense Min­is­ter Har­jit Sa­j­jan said mil­i­tary spend­ing will grow 70 per­cent to reach $24.1 bil­lion in a decade. That means Canada would spend about 1.4 per­cent of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct on de­fense by 2026-27, up from about 1.2 per­cent now.

Pres­i­dent Trump has de­manded that NATO’s mem­ber coun­tries in­crease their spend­ing on de­fense forces. Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis said he was “heart­ened” by Cana­dian pol­icy.

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