The Senate Committee on National Security and Defence focuses on what it takes to keep Canadians safe at home and abroad.
During this parliamentary session, the committee heard from a variety of witnesses on Canada's national security and defence policies and practices. It studied harassment in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s possible involvement in peace support operations and examined issues related to the security challenges faced by Canada.
Most notably, the committee released its three-part series related to Canada’s National Defence Policy.
The first report, completed at the request of the Minister of National Defence and entitled UN Deployment: Prioritizing Commitments at Home and Abroad, examined Canada’s possible deployment on a United Nations Peace Support Operation. This report contained 8 recommendations.
The second report, Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk focused on broad themes that must be addressed in order to have an effective military. The themes included increasing defence spending from 0.88% of GDP to 2% by 2028, fixing procurement and building cross-party consensus on military issues. It also looked at prioritizing military commitments.
The final report, Reinvesting in the Canadian Armed Forces: A Plan for the Future looked at modernizing Canada’s commitments within the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), as well as specific capability gaps within the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force that must be addressed. The report contained 30 recommendations to the government.