Canada has largest military spending since second world war

A December, 2009 report on Canada's military spending states that the Canada First Defence Strategy is expected to cost each Canadian $13,000 over the 20 year life of the plan.

"According to the latest budget estimates, Canada will spend $21.185 billion on its military forces in fiscal year (FY) 2009–10, 9.6% more than it did last year (FY 2008–09) and about 15% more than it did in its peak spending year during the Cold War (FY 1952–53)," writes Bill Robinson, defence analyst and author of Canadian military spending 2009. It is twenty times the size of federal Environment Department spending ($1.064 billion).

Worldwide, the United States accounts for an estimated 41.5% of all military spending. "No other country — none of the other permanent members of the UN Security Council, none of the other members of the G8 — even comes close to the U.S. in terms of actual dollars spent." The report was released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Readers who find this news troublesome can find alternatives to military spending by contacting the Canadia Peace Initiative, and/or Conscience Canada.