The West Block: US ambassador says Canada now “the outlier” in NATO on defence spending


Ahead of the summer NATO Summit in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan group of U.S. senators have written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to meet the NATO two per cent of GDP defence spending target. ‘The West Block’ host Mercedes Stephenson sits down with David Cohen, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, to discuss if the White House shares the senators’ disappointment that Canada won’t reach its NATO commitment this decade. Ambassador Cohen also addresses Canada’s response to the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu.

Plus, the federal government’s new bail reforms came into effect earlier this year. Some of the new measures includes an expansion of the reverse-onus provisions for repeat offenders—where the accused now has to argue to the court why they should be granted bail, instead of the Crown having to prove why bail should be denied. Stephenson speaks with Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth (President of Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) and RCMP Deputy Commissioner Jodie Boudreau about the impacts of the bail reforms on the front lines for police.

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