Federal Grits under fire over military spending in budget
(CP) - The Liberal government is feeling the heat over the amount of money it currently spends on the military.
But Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the armed forces are appropriately provisioned.
Analysts and Defence Department insiders say that assessment is inaccurate, with some warning that the military is being stretched thin by a lack of resources.
This week's federal budget made little mention of the Canadian Armed Forces, aside from delaying nearly a billion dollars in planned spending for new equipment by several years and nearly 8.5-billion dollars over 20 years.
Morneau says the government knows it must provide adequate funding to keep the military strong and well-equipped to meet Canada's needs, but he rejects any suggestion it's at risk of being hollowed out.