Canadian Peace Alliance Statement on Federal Budget 2013
The Leaky Department of National Defence
March 21, 2013
For the third year in a row, a document has been “leaked” to the press warning of cuts to military spending just as the federal budget is due to be released.
The reality is the Conservatives have overseen billions in additional spending on the Canadian forces. When they came into office in 2006, spending on the military was $15 billion. Even with the proposed reductions, they are due to spend roughly $19 billion each year.
That extra $4 billion is enough to provide free post-secondary tuition for all Canadian students. It would also be enough to provide adequate housing for all Canadians living on the streets or to hire almost 40,000 nurses. Harper wants to fund war instead.