I’m finally getting around to my copy of Foreign Policy and read a surprising short article on Canada that’s, unfortunately, unavailable online. Researchers at Ontario’s Queen’s University project that
If the Canadian government fails to significantly increase its defense budget immediately, “the air force will likely disappear throught he 2008-2013 time-frame and either the army or navy will disappear” over the same period.
Basically, Canada has a tiny military, spends next to nothing on it (1% of GDP or roughly $7.6 billion US equivalent), and is the world’s most eager participant in peacekeeping missions.
I knew that Canada’s force was small and were prolific peacekeepers, but had no idea things were this dire.