Recapitalizing Canada’s military should also be a key part of our innovation strategy – The Hill Times

Recapitalizing Canada’s military should also be a key part of our innovation strategy

Canada’s future success depends on a high-value economy, with a strong base of large and growing Canadian-controlled companies. Maximizing opportunities in defence spending and the EV revolution are two ways of achieving this. We need to get moving.

Minister of National Defence Anita Anand scrums with reporters at the CANSEC trade show in Ottawa on June 1, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Defence Minister Anita Anand’s announcement of $4.9-billion of federal spending to upgrade North American air defence, along with an expected $40-billion of new spending on air defence over the next 20 years, is just part of an expanding multi-billion-dollar shopping list of new military technologies that all depend on advanced high-tech. Recapitalizing the Canadian military is the new defence priority.

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