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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8 comments Add yours
  1. 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.

  2. 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 also sell these things abroad, they make light tanks in Canada, I believe. We used to be able to do these things here before, many years ago. Then we stopped. We need a Canadian government first.

    Until we have a competent, for Canada government, that can pay off our huge debt by getting Canadian business going here again, we still need the USA so at least they could tell us what is happening in Canada, especially in the north. If we get a government for Canada and a military going maybe with efficient people in charge and the right technology we ourselves could know what is happening in Canada and do something about it, and protect our own borders.

  3. Will Trump reduce America’s billions it spends on NATO and demand others like Canada start getting their shit together? Trump wasn’t far off when he said Canada presented a security risk. Trudeau and the media instantly assumed that he was referring to steel and aluminum when he was probably referring to Khadr and other ISIS terrorists we know of that Trudeau has brought back. Also the uncontrolled tens of thousands of illegals walking across the border, Trudeau’s sale of military equipment to the Saudi’s, his attempt to ban free speech in Canada unless it is approved by the imam in chief, and Trudeau’s huge financial support of Hamas, enabling them to buy weapons and explosives to attack Israel.

    Yes, Trump is correct in thinking that Canada and Trudeau are security risks.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 the world!

    We must defend our industry, our capacity to build the best, and we must do so as a SOVEREIGN NATION!

    Let’s make 2019 the year in which a Non-Partisan Canadian Government will deliver for a Real Majority of Canadian Shareholders! Elect Non-Partisans in every riding of the country committed to just such a Mandate!

  6. 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. for life,” or some other such title because he is, in fact, a ‘wannabe’ dictator.

    I could be wrong and I hope I am wrong, but every action taken by this government points to that inescapable conclusion. Many have accused me of ‘fear mongering,’ but I suggest some very serious consideration be given that possibility — preferably before it happens.

  7. 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 buy the stuff like some fruit and vegetable in winter from the south state. As our dollars is lower than theirs they will be happy and we Canadian could find other country with lower monetary value as bonus.

    This way we will have in the USA legislation rights for our production in mining / fresh water / aluminium that only Quebec can supply in a environmentally sources HYDRO POWER = NO POLLUTION. We have already deal with some USA state on QUEBEC BORDER THAT ARE SUPPLY BY HYDRO QUEBEC = CLEAN ENERGY AND CHEAPER THAT THEY WHERE SERVE BY THEIR NUCLEAR PLANTS AND HAVING PROBLEM WITH DELIVERY , THIS WHY THEY CONTRACT WITH HYDRO QUEBEC . And hydro Quebec could supply more state ON their border as they have surplus with our hydro plants .

  8. Spencer, many Canadians (starting the week of June 3rd.) have sent emails to President Trump through the White House website 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 our borders by openly inviting anyone and everyone to come to Canada to take advantage of our social services no questions asked, and his staunch protection of criminals including ISIS terrorists. Trudeau’s Bill C-75, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts” is a travesty, as it further erodes protections, as well as victims rights and enhances protections for criminals! TRUDEAU IS PURELY INSANE to bring forth such legislation! President Trump is 100% right… Canada is a security threat to the US given that our own government is a threat to Canadian citizens’ safety and security! Please do a column on the fact that Canadians are turning to President Trump seeking protection.

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