Though negligible in terms of its military power, Canada profits from war in many ways. To start, we have the dubious honour of being the sixth largest supplier of military goods in the world. Between 1997 and 2002, Canada’s military exports rose from $23 million to $678 million. Since then, according to a recent CBC investigation (1), Canada’s military exports have tripled. Though under the Export and Import Permits Act, the government is supposed to report its military exports to parliament, for the past four years – that’s three successive governments, two Liberal and one Conservative – that has not happened. Keeping this information from the public is a trend that cuts across party lines.
I have my doubts about the 1997 number in this paragraph -- seems a bit low to me -- but the fact that Canada is the "sixth largest supplier of military goods in the world", despite having a much smaller population than the countries I would expect to be ahead of us in the list, is -- well, it's a sad, awful thing.