Well-known columnist and political commentator Gerry Caplan refers to the Rideau Institute’s research as “indispensable” in his weekly Globe and Mail Update column.
In the column titled, “What we don’t remember on Remembrance Day,” Caplan writes, “Canada too spends unprecedented amount of scarce dollars on our military and security establishments though no one has a clue whether it’s money well spent. . . .
“There’s an old universal rule that says however intolerable the debt, however precarious the economy, however endless the human needs, governments always find money for what they really care about, whether it’s new prisons or stealth fighter-bombers or gazebos for Tony Clement.”
He continues, “This ironclad rule is demonstrated in full bloom in a new study from the indispensable Rideau Institute called ‘The Cost of 9/11: Tracking the Creation of a National Security Establishment in Canada.’ My bet is that most Canadians have no idea that we even have a national security establishment now, let alone that it’s cost us an extra $92-billion (adjusted for inflation) since the Twin Towers came down.”
One small correction: the $92 billion figure is nominal, while the inflation-adjusted amount is $69 billion. But the point remains the same. You can read the entire column by Gerry Caplan, or review our report.