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NATO summit: Trudeau boasts Canada's defence spending despite not meeting targets

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boasted about Canada's contribution to NATO during a keynote address at the NATO Climate Change and Security Centre of Excellence on Tuesday.

"When we took office, Canada was spending less than one per cent of its GDP on its defence every year. But we vowed to change that right away. We followed through on our word. We are investing more in our troops, in our capacity and in our capabilities all while continuing to provide assistance to our allies resisting Russian aggression," Trudeau said.

Analysts say Canada's involvement in major discussions at the summit may be complicated by how allies view its commitment to defence spending.

Canada’s updated defence policy forecasts spending will rise from 1.37 per cent of GDP currently to 1.76 per cent by 2030.

Canada is the only NATO ally not meeting the alliance’s target that has yet to provide a detailed roadmap on getting to two per cent, which NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said will be expected at this week’s summit.

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