“Let me commend Canada for investing more in defense,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday on Parliament Hill. “After years of decline, defense spending now is increasing and I welcome your government’s commitment to make further increases.”
Trudeau had met earlier with the head of the NATO military alliance regarding Russian inteference into Canada's democratic system.
The NATO military alliance has deployed four battlegroups into the Baltics, including one led by Canada in Latvia.
The Liberals plans to increase defense spending by 70 percent over the next decade - though analysts note that even with the increase, Canada remains short of NATO's target of two percent of GDP on defense.