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Canada boosts defence spending by 70%

8th June 2017 - 11:13 GMT | by Ian Keddie in Toronto

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The Liberal government in Canada is planning a 70% increase in defence spending under the long-awaited defence policy review (DPR) finally laid out on 7 June.  

The DPR, entitled Strong, Secure, Engaged, was outlined by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in Ottawa and shows an increase in defence spending from CAD$18.9 billion in 2016/17 to $32.7 billion in 2026/27.

Indeed, the new commitment represents a 20-year investment valued at more than $62 billion worth of spending.

The policy will see the government commit to 15 new ships under the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme, an additional 5,000 uniformed personnel

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Ian Keddie is a Shephard correspondent based in Toronto, Canada.

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