Trudeau Says Canada Will Not Double Defense Budget

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at the NATO meeting that Canada will not meet NATO's 2 percent GDP benchmark for defence spending.

Trudeau told reporters that there are no immediate plans to double the defence budget.

Presently Canada only spends 1.23 per cent of out GDP on defense.

Canada was a founding member of the Alliance and has remained as a member since its inception.

NATO is a major contributor to international peace and security and is the cornerstone of Canadian security and defence policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that other NATO countries have to start paying their fair share.