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Justin Trudeau could join Aukus defence pact and put nuclear submarine patrols in Arctic waters

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Mr Trudeau said it was “really important that allies, particularly across the Indo-Pacific, work together in a stronger and tighter ways”, in a nod towards the alliance’s threat from China.

Supporters of Canada’s membership have said that the country’s supply of critical natural minerals would allow the UK, US and Australia to be less reliant on exports from China.

The announcement came as Mr Trudeau launched a new defence policy document that included calls for the purchase of conventionally powered submarines and left open the prospect of a nuclear model.

“We will be looking at what type of submarines are most appropriate for Canada’s responsibility in protecting the longest coastline in the world, and certainly the longest Arctic coastline in the world,” he said.

The paper set out significant investment in the Canadian armed forces but did not establish how the country planned to reach the Nato defence spending target of two per cent of GDP.

In February 2024, Mr Johnson and Liz Truss, his successor, backed a paper from the Legatum Institute calling for Canada’s membership to be fast-tracked to “strengthen the West’s collective defences”.

Mr Johnson said Canada was the “most obvious next candidate” because it had “fought – often heroically – for freedom”.

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