Appearing on CTV's Question Period on Sunday, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said the government is committed to fighting "new Russian aggression," having recently been told by NORAD commanders that "they have not seen the current level of Russian air force activity over the Arctic for a couple of decades, at least."
Kenney said, "Obviously the Canadian Forces are going to need adequate resources in the future, and our government will deliver that so stay tuned for the budget," adding:
The only kind of message that someone like Vladimir Putin understands is one of resolve, strength and deterrence, not weakness. The best way to deal with that is calmly, but also with resolve and a message of strength.
This comes after Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement last week that Canada will deploy troops to Ukraine on a training mission.
The RCMP, CSIS and the Border Services Agency are also rumoured to be getting a boost in funding in the forthcoming federal budget.
According to CTV News sources, "the increased funding will help combat domestic terrorism by specifically targeting radicalization, recruitment and terrorist financing.
"In addition to funding, the RCMP, CSIS and Canada’s Border Services Agency are already set to receive more powers proposed under new anti-terror legislation known as Bill C-51."
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