Canada’s military isn’t what anyone would call a world power on the level of countries like the United State, Russia or China but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
But some Canadian’s have so little knowledge of our armed forces that they don’t have any idea what it does.
And there’s even some who have no idea that this country even has a military at all.
According to a new report Canadians have almost no general or specific knowledge of what our military has been up to recently.
Some didn’t even know that Canada had a military at all.
Only 26% of those surveyed could name anything that the military had done in the last year and a half.
Young people, in particular, have less understanding of the military than older generations it seems, when asked about Canada’s military presence in the Arctic most young people thought they were there to protect the environment.
Older generations had a better grasp of the situation about territorial disputes between Canada, Russia and Denmark in the area.
So no the army does not stand around guarding polar bears.
According to the Forces website, The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) make up the largest federal government department. They have a total of 126,500 members (regular members, reserves, civilians).
The armed forces are also involved in missions around the world, troops are currently in Mali as part of a peacekeeping force and Canadian troops spent years in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. Troops are also called in at home regularly for things like natural disasters like floods.
Rob Huebert, a political science professor at the University of Calgary and a senior research fellow with the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies says the results of the survey are grim, especially in a world where Canada wants to rely less on the United States for protection in part because of Donald Trump’s actions, which have pushed the U.S. away from its allies and toward Russia.
Canada’s armed forces have been involved in numerous actions over the years, with the government recently announcing that it will be increasing troop numbers in Latvia to counter Russian aggression.
So yes, Canada has a military and it is active around the world and at home.