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Canada’s defence minister says the world is ‘growing darker’ and ‘more chaotic’

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Anita Anand says the world is “growing darker.”Speaking at a conference of defence experts organized by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute on Tuesday, Anand emphasized the more “chaotic” state of the world means Canada will need to take a more “bold and aggressive” look at its own continental defence.“We do live in a world at the present time that appears to be growing darker,” she said in a keynote speech to the conference.“In this new world, Canada’s geographic position no longer provides the same protection that it once did.

And in this new world, the security environment facing Canada is less secure, less predictable and more chaotic.” Canada must be ready for ‘all scenarios’ as Russia continues nuclear threats: Joly Uncertainty has become the word du jour over recent years marked by the global economic calamity of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing supply chain struggles, coupled with societal unrest.Then there’s the ongoing crisis of climate change and natural disasters, as well as geostrategic threats they pose to countries like Canada.

Melting Arctic sea ice makes inhospitable regions more easily navigable, including for actors like China and Russia, who seem to make a habit of disregarding international laws.As well, Russia’s unprovoked and horrific invasion of Ukraine has amplified many of the existing global economic pressures on supply chains while posing what Canadian officials have repeatedly described as an existential threat to the rules-based international order established after the Second World War.

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