Promise details

We will review current programs and capabilities, and lay out a realistic plan to strengthen Canada’s Armed Forces.

Trudeau polimetre - 2015
Promise kept

Real Change: A New Plan For a Strong Middle Class (page 70)


September 2019 - This promise is kept in full since the federal government initiated a policy review that culminated with the new national defence policy and a 20-year commitment to invest in the military.


May 02, 2019 - Understanding IDEaS - National Defence

December 2018Strong, Secure, Engaged - Canada's Defence Policy - National Defence

June 08, 2018 - Defence Investment Plan 2018 - National Defence

May 18, 2018 - Defence Plan 2018-2023 - National Defence

March 22, 2017 - "The Government will soon release a new defence policy for Canada, following substantive public consultation and extensive analysis. It will be more rigorously costed than any previous defence policy. It will commit the level of investment required to restore the Canadian Armed Forces to a sustainable footing with respect to finances, capital and people, and equip the Forces to meet the challenges of the coming decades." - Building a strong middle class, Budget 2017-2018, p.186 - Government of Canada

August 08, 2016 - "Between April 6th and July 31st, 2016 DND [Deparment of National Defence] conducted public consultations to engage Canadians and key stakeholders to discuss three fundamental areas: -The main challenges to Canada’s security -The role of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in addressing current threats and challenges -The resources and capabilities needed to carry out the CAF mandate" - Defence Policy Review - Government of Canada

April 06, 2016 - "The Government of Canada has established a Ministerial Advisory Panel to support the Minister of National Defence during the review of Canada’s defence policy. A formal policy document detailing the results of these consultations will be published in early 2017. Ministerial Advisory Panel’s Members : The Honourable Louise […] Arbour […], The Honourable Bill Graham […], Raymond R. Henault […], Margaret Purdy" - Ministerial Advisory Panel on Canada's Defence Policy Review - National Defence

April 06, 2016 - "Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today announced the launch of public consultations as part of an open and transparent dialogue with Canadians and key stakeholders to inform the development of a new defence policy for Canada. […] A Ministerial advisory panel has also been created. Over the next year, four eminent Canadians with expertise in defence, security, foreign affairs, and legal matters will support and advise the Minister of National Defence during the policy review process." - Minister Sajjan Launches Public Consultations on Defence Policy Review - National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

March 8, 2016 - "Sajjan is embarking on a full review of Canada's defence policy which is set to conclude by the end of this year. He is looking at what training and equipment the Canadian Forces will need going into the future." - Defence minister Harjit Sajjan non-committal on armed drones for military - CBC

January 13, 2016 - "Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he plans to complete a thorough defence policy review by the end of 2016—and the public will be asked to participate. In an interview with Embassy Jan. 12, Mr. Sajjan confirmed that Department of National Defence officials are already identifying how the review, or Defence White Paper, will be conducted." - Defence minister: Military review to be completed by end of 2016 - Embassy News

2016 - Defence Policy Review: Public Consultation Document 2016 - National Defence

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