Trump's top defense priorities - Foreign Policy
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defence policy – Canadian Naval Review
There are indications that Canada’s shift towards the new western defence doctrine, focussing on the navy and air force, is already happening. The army’s readiness budget has been reduced, troop numbers frozen, and certain projects, like the $2.2B Close Combat Vehicle, have been cancelled. This is likely to continue, whether military and foreign policy becomes a 2015 campaign issue or not, and regardless who wins the election. The proliferation of security threats over the last year has likely ended the latest round of hollowing out the defence budget to pay for other priorities, and the main elements of the CFDS will be resumed, albeit with significant revisions to reflect the new challenges and priorities facing Canada in the present and future global security environment.
In response to the 2008 recession, the government adopted a two-year, $47B stimulus plan in Budget 2009. The federal deficit ballooned to a record high of more than $50B. Job creating infrastructure investments, financial system liquidity injections, multi-billion-dollar supports for automakers and other measures designed to protect jobs and goose economic activity became the top priority. By and large these efforts succeeded in sheltering Canada’s economy from the worst effects of the Great Recession, but they added well over $100B to the federal debt and set the stage for an austerity drive. Defence, representing 20 percent of all federal program spending, was an inevitable target.
Canada's international policy statement
- Conservative party was divided on the issue
- Minister of External Affairs felt Canada should be a non-nuclear nation
- The Defense Minister insisted that nuclear weapons were vital in protecting Canada against communist aggression.
- Many people believed Diefenbakers anti- Americanism would injure trade with and investment from the U.S.
- The issue divided the country
- First federal election to be fought over Canada and U.S.
Air Force, national defence, security and foreign policy
relations since 1911.
Canada's response to the Vietnam War...
- Canada was divided on their response to the Vietnam War
- people saw communism as a threat to Western security
- more and more Canadians turned against American policy
- draft resisters and deserters who opposed the war came to Canada
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- Canadian companies benefited from the war
- Foreign Investment Review Agency
- established by Pierre Trudeau in 1973
- to ensure that the foreign acquisition and establishment of businesses in Canada was beneficial to the country
- placed under jurisdiction of the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce
- Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis highlighted the differences between American and Canadian foreign policy.
- Trudeau had a goal to chart a course in foreign policy that was less dependent on U.S.
the differences between American and Canadian foreign policy.
The Strategy is informed by the Government's extensive engagement with the industry and by the recommendations found in the Tom Jenkins report (also called Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities) and David Emerson report (also called Aerospace Review) commissioned by the Government of Canada.