I don't miss the military might and prefer the lower GDP figure but there's no free lunch if we want to target a secure presence in the arctic. We've handled a larger budget before.
The chart compares military spending for US and Canada as a percentage of GDP. Note that the percentage climbed after the war before declining.
And a little teaser: British Columbia had Canada's only submarine in 1917,HMCS CC-1. With this and one other ship as our sole west coast defence in World War I, guess to whom Britain subcontracted our naval protection? The Imperial Japanese Navy's North American Task Force. This was before Pearl Harbour.
|BC's submarine, HMCS CC-1 1917|