Canadian military safe from job cuts: report

A report released by Ottawa based think tank the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives predicts that coming budget cuts from the federal government could result in the loss of up to 60,000 jobs by 2014.

Those jobs would be divided among the obvious public sector cuts and the private sector jobs dependent on government contracts and sales.

The report, authored by senior economist David Macdonald, predicts that the largest cuts will occur to aboriginal programs, social programs and the environment while police, military and correctional costs are expected to stay relatively stable.

That’s good news for a military that in the last week saw the US scale back their production expectations of the F-35 stealth fighter, a decision that could impact the delivery date of Canada’s own orders of the controversial new plane.