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15. How the Harper government lost its way on defence spending

from The Globe and Mail

Oct. 3, 2014: A few years ago, I wrote that no government since that of Louis St. Laurent in the 1950s had done more to improve the defence of Canada than Stephen Harper's Conservatives. The St. Laurent Liberals built up the armed forces to deal with the war in Korea and with the defence of North America and western Europe in the face of Soviet expansionism. At its peak, the defence budget took more than seven per cent of Canada's Gross Domestic Product, and the army, navy, and air force had as many as 120,000 men and women in the regular forces. more


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