2014 02 05

Conservative procurement – too little too late

It's nice to finally see the Ministers of National Defence, Public Works, Industry Canada and Treasury Board acknowledging reality and coming to the conclusion the NDP reached long ago – Canada needs a better procurement strategy.

The Conservatives have a stunning record of failure and mismanagement when it comes to military procurement.

  • Cyclone Helicopters – Cost to taxpayers: initially it was going to be $5 billion, but with more than $700 million in cost overruns so far and no helicopters in sight, like the JSS and F35s, the sky is the limit for how much they will cost in the end.

  • Close Combat Vehicles – Cost to taxpayers: $2.1 billion….ish. $700 million earmarked to purchase 108 infantry vehicles with the rest of the money used to operate them – but even the military admits this is a lowball estimate. And of course they may cancel the whole process all together.  

Our Canadian Forces deserve a government that can do procurement competently and make sure they have the tools they need.

Canadian taxpayers deserve a government that stops throwing money away on botched military procurement programs.