What Donald wants, Donald gets.
But getting more money out of Canada for NATO? He’s going to get that.
Now, if you were to poke through the entrails of the 2017 federal budget, released with a minimum of fuss last week, you would not find any statement that read: “Her Majesty’s Government pledges to commit more resources to the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), because we are concerned what the short-fingered vulgarian to the South will do to us if we don’t.” No such statement is in there.
There is, however, this on page 186 in Chapter Three of the budget:
“The Government will soon release a new defence policy for Canada, following substantive public consultation and extensive analysis. It will be more rigorously costed than any previous defence policy. It will commit the level of investment required to restore the Canadian Armed Forces to a sustainable footing with respect to finances, capital and people, and equip the Forces to meet the challenges of the coming decades.”
That paragraph is the Donald Trump paragraph, you might say. It was written just for him. As we speak, Canada’s highly capable ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton — probably the best appointment Justin Trudeau has made to date, but that is a column for another day — is shuttling around Official Washington, a photocopy of that paragraph in hand, solemnly assuring the hawks in the Trump regime that Canada will start paying its way in NATO very soon. Because we don’t pay our way in NATO, and we haven’t for a long time. And we need to.
There are 28 members of NATO. Its budget is north of $900 billion annually. The United States of America contributes an extraordinary $650 billion of that. The United Kingdom, $60 billion; France and Germany, in and around $40 billion each, give or take. Canada?
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