After Trump criticisms, military announces sharp spending hike
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.