Statement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Canada’s Defense Policy

June 7, 2017

We are heartened by today’s release of Canada’s defense policy.

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.

This new defense policy demonstrates Canadian resolve to build additional military capacity and a more capable fighting force. In light of today’s security challenges around the world, it’s critical for Canada’s moral voice to be supported by the hard power of a strong military.