June 8th, 2017 12:09 EST
Canada's New Defense Policy Draws Praise From Mattis
Pentagon officials are heartened by Canadas announcement today of a new defense policy that will increase its defense budget and the size of its military, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.
"The United States welcomes Canada`s marked increase in investment in their military and their continued commitment to a strong defense relationship with the United States and NATO," the secretary said.
Policy Demonstrates Resolve
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan announced details of the policy during a news conference in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
Mattis said the new policy demonstrates Canada`s resolve to build additional military capacity and a more capable fighting force.
"In light of today`s security challenges around the world," he added, "it`s critical for Canada`s moral voice to be supported by the hard power of a strong military."
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