Peter MacKay says strong military will still be needed going forward into 2013

Canada's Defence Minister Peter MacKay. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Canada's Defence Minister Peter MacKay. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

OTTAWA - Another penny-pinching federal budget is mere months away, but Defence Minister Peter MacKay says he'll enter 2013 expecting the military to remain a strong fighting force.

"The vulnerability and the volatility of the security environment is increasingly of concern," MacKay told QMI Agency in a year-end interview. "That's why I would suggest that we have to continue down this path of properly resourcing, funding, training and preparing the Canadian Forces."

The Canadian Forces has struggled to implement a 2011 report by retired lieutenant general Andrew Leslie that called for "more tooth and less tail" by reducing paper-pushing bureaucrats in Ottawa.


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