In a video that quickly went viral today, Donald Trump said that NATO allies aren’t pulling their fair share. Is he right? Yes, he is. NATO countries agreed to spend 2 per cent of their GDP on their militaries. The U.S. spends almost 4 per cent of their GDP.
In Canada, by contrast, we spend about 1.3 per cent of our GDP.
In terms of percentage, we’re not even in NATO's top ten. And that’s about to fall even lower — we’ll be #16 next year.
Trudeau says his priority is to "build capacity." I don’t know what that means either, other than his endless capacity for B.S.
And being photographed.
Yesterday he and a couple of his cabinet went jogging in Latvia, and tweeted about it, with photos (of course.)
They flew their staff photographer in from Canada, spending thousands of dollars on that one photo op.
We Canadians free ride off the U.S. military — we all know it.
We boast about our free health care, but we wouldn’t have it without the Americans paying for our security for the past fifty years.
But Trump isn't happy about that arrangement. Here’s the Wall Street Journal report:
"Mr. Trump singled out Canada in his letters to NATO leaders, expressing “growing frustration…that key allies like Canada have not stepped up defense spending as promised.”
And the Liberals think they can turn that into a winning campaign in 2019 — running against Trump.
While running in photo ops...
NEXT: I talk more about this with T. Lee Humphrey, CPC nomination candidate for Calgary Centre, and president of James International Security Consulting.
THEN: Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, reveals shocking overspending at Global Affairs, such as $24,000 on 86 cushions for the Canadian embassy in Mexico City!
FINALLY: Your messages to me!