Embassy: “Great threats to Canadians’ security are not military, but economic,” says Rideau Institute

What cuts to the defence department will look like remains to be seen, but the Rideau Institute is advocating for reduced defence spending that would eventually return to pre-9/11 levels, reports Embassy newspaper this week.

The institute, a non-profit that does independent research, advocacy and consulting on international issues, wrote in its submission that after 9/11, Canada joined other countries in military operations and “embarked on a long list of equipment and weapons acquisition or modernization programs.”

“A decade later, the great threats to Canadians’ security are not military, but economic…governments are now preoccupied with addressing the global financial crisis and ensuring an economic recovery for their citizens.”

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