Canada is spending enough on defence, says Trudeau at NATO
Brussels, July 13 (IBNS): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has insisted that the country is spending enough on defence, while speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Summit, media reports said.
Trudeau made the comment while interacting with reporters during the NATO Summit, which concluded on Thursday.
The PM has been quoted by CBC News as saying, "The president has been consistent that he wants to see people spending more on defence in their countries and we are very pleased we are doing that."
"We'll always step up, with cash yes but also with commitments and capacity. That's what NATO is looking for."
Trudeau said Canada is taking the right approach when is comes to defence spending.
He also said his government has a plan to increase the defence budget by 70 percent over the next decade to $32.7 billion.
Prior to the summit, Trudeau had said Canada is not prepared to double its defence budget in order to catch up with the NATO's target.
Canada, along with 11 other countries, founded NATO in 1949 on the fundamental values of democracy, individual liberty, human rights, and the rule of law.
This year's summit was held on July 11 and 12 in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium.