Money promised for military sex misconduct fight, NORAD upgrades
The federal Liberals are promising millions of additional dollars to help fight sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces as they seek to address anger and frustration over how the government and military have handled the issue.
As per chapter 9.3 of the new budget, it looks like despite the eye-watering $354 billion deficit last fiscal year and a projected $155 billion deficit this fiscal year, there will be no cuts to defence spending. There will actually be new funding to combat sexual misconduct in the forces (hopefully there will be effective policy and active enforcement coming not just more money), some initial funding provided for NORAD modernization, and hundreds of millions to increase NATO commitments including keeping 6 more fighters and an additional frigate on call at high-readiness. The much maligned RAAF F-18s are going to be invaluable in enabling 6 more high-readiness fighters to be fielded, but even with the increased funding helping with maintenance, keeping an additional frigate at high-readiness risks running down the Halifax-class when their replacements are at least a decade away.