Canada ranks 13 in global military spending

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In December, 2009, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a 10-page report on Canadian military spending by Bill Robinson.

Among it many findings:

  • Current fiscal year military spending will reach $21.185 billion, a 9.6% increase over the previous year.
  • Military spending is the highest it has been since the end of the Second World War.
  • Canadian military spending ranks 6th among NATOs 28 member countries and 13th in the world.
  • Our military budget is 20 times the size of our spending on the Environment department.
  • The war in Afghanistan, understated on official estimates, has cost Canada between $12 to $15 billion, so far.
  • Harper’s 20 year plan for military spending will end up costing Canadians between $415 and $440 billion (in 2009 dollars), or about $13,000 for each citizen.

The report is available for free download at the CCPA.

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