The man sure talks a good game but Canada has never seen a bullshitter with the skillset of Stephen Harper.
Oh we've got a penny packet of jets flying here and there, dropping a few bombs there and over there, but, overall, Canada's armed forces are about to succumb to fiscal starvation.
It's a common problem among NATO members. They're simply not pulling their weight. They're not putting their money where their big, greasy, oh-so bellicose mouths are. But, even for this bunch of martial loafers, Canada is about the bottom of the barrel according to a report by the European Leadership Network.
As one of the main opponents of setting a hard target for NATO defence expenditure in Wales last year, Canada continues on its current course of downsizing its military and reducing its defence budget. In 2014, the Harper administration allocated CA$18.2 billion to defence (or 1% of the country’s GDP).33 No official information has been published yet on the figures for 2015 (the federal budget is due to be announced in April 2015). However, a briefing note prepared for the deputy Defence Minister last September projected that the budget could be cut by CA$2.7 billion as a part of the government-wide programme of reducing the federal deficit.34 If that happens, it would put Canada behind countries such as Spain, Slovakia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Lithuania, and Latvia when comparing the percentage of GDP spent on the armed forces.
At this point I like to recall that the last time Canada's defence budget was at the magical 2% GDP mark was during the Trudeau government. As for Harper, he's made such a mess of the economy and the country's finances that he's ideologically duty-bound to starve the military of essential funds at what he never fails to tell us is an extremely dire moment for Canada's national security.