CAPTION: Justin Trudeau says Canada has no plans to double its defence budget, despite calls from U.S. President Donald Trump to do so.
The prime minister says military spending is not the only way to gauge countries’ commitment to NATO.
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SOUNDBITE: Justin Trudeau, prime minister PLACELINE: Kadaga, Latvia CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Canada has no plans to double its defence budget, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted Tuesday, despite continued calls from Donald Trump for all NATO countries to meet agreed-upon targets for defence spending.
Trudeau called the military spending target _ two per cent of GDP, agreed to by all NATO allies at the 2014 summit in Wales _ ``an easy shorthand'' but also a ``limited tool'' to measure a country's commitment to the alliance.
``There are always perspectives on doing more, and that's fine, that's an important conversation to have,'' Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit with Canadian troops at the Adazi military base outside Riga.
``But the reality is, the way NATO has been having a meaningful impact wherever it goes continues to be a really important thing, and that's certainly at the heart of the message I'll be bringing.''