Canada is the second-largest country in the world by total area while its army totals just 134,913 constituents. In comparison, the People’s Republic of China has 2,285,000 military personal on active duty.
The country’s peacetime standing army has been downsized with regard to budget, equipment and personnel after World War II. The absence of an enemy has diminished the need for a large army after the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Canada showed it could master a large army of over 1,000,000 in the face of a real threat as was the case with WW2.
Some would say that Canada is the back door entry to the United States, which makes Canada’s security a key priority for the U.S. government. Americans are there to defend us. At the same time, Canada has a modern army that can respond to terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and crisis situations.
Infographic courtesy of Open Canada
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