Twitter Survey: 86% Say Canada Should Build Up Our Armed Forces

A stronger military would reduce our dependence on foreign countries.

The growing trade dispute with the US has exposed to many people how dependent Canada is on the United States, both economically and militarily.

This dependence makes Canada vulnerable to the whims of US leaders, and means that Canada’s economy could be severely damaged if the personal relationship between the Canadian PM and the US President deteriorates.

And while we have no reason to fear military intervention from the US, it is still outrageous that a nation as wealthy and technologically advanced as Canada has such a weak national defence. After all, some of the most anti-American politicians in Canada are also the ones who hypocritically oppose strengthening our military, as if they want us to remain dependent on the US for our defence instead of having our nation defend ourselves.

With all of this in mind, I posted a question on Twitter asking “Should Canada build up our severely underfunded armed forces to reduce our dependence on foreign countries for our national defence?”

The results were very clear, with a full 86% saying ‘yes,’ while just 8% said ‘no,’ and 6% saying ‘not sure.’

654 people voted in total.

The overwhelming number shows that many people see a need for Canada to have a stronger national defence.

While some have claimed that Canada is “too big to defend” and we “can’t afford a strong military,” that is totally incorrect.

Russia has about twice the landmass of Canada, and their GDP is $1.28 trillion, while Canada’s GDP is $1.53 trillion.

So, we have less land to defend than Russia, and we have a bigger economy from which to fund our military. And Russia is widely seen as having either the second best or third best military on earth after the United States and (possibly) China.

That means Canada clearly has the capability to have a top-tier military.

The issue is simply that we don’t spend much on it. That is a political choice, not an unavoidable reality. We spend about 1% of GDP on our military – which is towards the lower end of our NATO allies.

By contrast, Russia spends 4.3%, the US spends 3.1%, and other top spenders like China and Saudi Arabia spend 1.9% and 10% respectively.

So, if Canada brought our military spending up to 2.5% or 3% of GDP we would have a very respectable military capable of defending our country. And while that would be somewhat expensive, building up our military would create so many jobs and generate so much investment that it would help grow our economy dramatically.

As we can see, Canada is certainly capable of being far stronger when it comes to our national defence. If we are to truly be an independent and secure nation, building up our military is something that must be done.

Spencer Fernando

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Being that Trudeau views Canada as the first post-national state, he sees no need for a military as that is only required by a nation state.

Nancy
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Good idea, does anyone know Mr. Scheers views on this? We know Trudeau’s, we don’t know the Conservatives, does anyone know? These are questions that need answering before the next election. If so can we get the government to help set up factories that build the military jets, and we had ships being built in Canada, but cancelled by Lieberals, tanks should be built here also by Canadians for Canada and guns and uniforms, their military boots have been being made in China maybe we can bring this home as well? Whew, the job creation! Canadians working again, we could… Read more »

christine
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christine

Regardless of the US, we all know that our military is at the lowest. All know this except the ONES WHO MAKE THE DECISIONS. They may need to go back to school if they dont get their act together.

Timothy
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Timothy

Absolutely! Canadians should be using our own home grown resources to build our very own National Defense Capacity! The current tariff dispute on steel and aluminum presents a GLORIOUS opportunity for Canadians to make a Canada First decision! We do have the capacity to build the very best available, for our use, and for those countries who could rely on Canadian know how to produce the best in the world! The Super Avro Arrow is still on the drawing board and could be produced right here in Canada! It would match or exceed the capabilities of any fighter jet in… Read more »

Tommy Hawk
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Now I find myself repeating what I have noted before and often. Trudeau’s whole being hates Canada, as did daddy, and his ultimate plan is to destroy our country. Having said that, there is a disturbing thought that gnaws at me and that is that prior to the next election he will find or manufacture an ‘event’ that can be construed as a ‘threat to the country’ — under any disguise — and implement the new version of the WMA (I realize it has another name, but I also cannot remember that new name) in order to declare himself “P.M.… Read more »

louis Joannette
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My thinking right now is we should join the USA STATE like HAWAII . This way we will be a part of USA but independent meaning we will be a friendly state and our natural resource will not be affected by resistant state that use coal generator for their electric power while making pollution or increasing it. That way we will be able to sell our over stock whiteout fighting on ELENA RULE . ., There bis an old saying [ when the USA have cold we Canadian cough ][ . We could sell our over stock on demand and… Read more »

Sandra Williston
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Sandra Williston

Spencer, many Canadians (starting the week of June 3rd.) have sent emails to President Trump through the White House website https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ with the message that he was right to tell Trudeau that Canada is a security concern to the US. Canadians voiced that we inside our own country feel VERY unsafe due to Trudeau’s drastic erosion and outright removal of protections against crime and especially terrorism. Trudeau simply refuses to protect Canadian citizens. His focus is clearly on the protection of criminals, terrorists and radical Islamists. He has decimated all sense of safety and security with his refusal to protect… Read more »