Accounting for the Defence Department

by Aaron Wherry

The mission in Libya cost significantly more than the Defence Minister once suggested. And the government recently described the purchase of 13 new armoured vehicles as a purchase of transmission parts.

In early April the government awarded a $105-million contract to a German firm, FFG, to build 13 Leopard armoured engineering vehicles for the Canadian Forces. The only information put out by government was a brief and inaccurate notice stating that the company had been awarded a contract to provide “vehicular power transmission components.” The notice also claimed the deal was only for one item. But defence industry sources say the government is misleading the public; the deal is actually for 13 specialized armoured vehicles, and not transmission parts.

In addition, the upcoming issue of the Canadian Naval Review published by Dalhousie University will report that the Defence Department’s Strategic Investment Plan, previously released by the Liberal government, is now considered “a classified document” and cannot be issued to the public. In April, DND informed the Review of the government’s new policy. The investment document outlines a 15-year plan for equipment projects, their budgets and delivery schedules.

In other news, it’s now been nearly 10 days since I asked National Defence for a response to the Auditor General’s suggestion that a 36-year lifecycle costing for the F-35 already exists. As soon as I receive a response, I’ll post it in its entirety.




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Accounting for the Defence Department

  1. Actual, the order isn’t at all misleading. You just have to understand their terms. The order is for : One baker’s dozen of political power transmission vehicles.

  2. Probably the person who wrote the contract used the description often used for helicopters: a bunch of parts flying in relatively close formation.

  3. If Peter MacKay was your neighbour and wanted you to split the cost of a fence, you’d be wise to purchase the supplies yourself and present him with the bill. He is either a pathological liar, crooked, incompetent or extremely inept at math.
    I’d also double check where he wanted to put the fence. Chances are it would be 5 to 10 feet over your side of the property line.

    Best bet? Move

    • On the other hand, if tony Clement is your neighbour you get a nice gazebo at no cost to yourself.

  4. To paraphrase somebody on Twitter, at this point I’d be shocked if the Conservatives provided any accurate numbers to Parliament on any file at all.

    I seem to recall Cabinet ministers feeling pressure to resign for inadvertently misleading Parliament. Now, heck, they can lie through their teeth, they can be found in contempt, they can be found in conflict of interest – all without any penalty whatsoever.

    Stephen Harper has hit rock bottom and keep on digging. Kinda puts all that pre-2006 sanctimony in a new light, eh?

  5. Actually, they can’t tell us the truth for security reasons. Terrorists might be listening and we don’t want them to know our secrets now do we?

    • The thing is a friggin cloaekd fighter jet. I think we should be a part of its development both to learn how to kill it and to learn how to use it responsibly. Or we could pay China to steal it for us. Israel won’t be able to afford this.

      • For instance, we could design an unerasible record of whose airspace these things violate within the planes themselves. The savings of not buying at least so many F-35s, if you wanna make them cdn aerospace, I suggest building improvements to the ESA’s Echo observatory, designed to look at exoplanet compositions. The aliens will be smouldering ruins sometime after their 1963 or cloaked past about their 2500AD, but still a chance to see their Earth’s evolution until then. Primarily, the goal would be to incrementally deprogramme Fundamentalists the same way Galileo’s heliocentric theory and Darwin’s evolution, did.
        That way, when the time comes to build this technology, it can be used more safely. We already have many satellite and science-suite competitive advantages and would create many jobs and export opportunities.

        • Maybe not quite enough nukes until the USSR contemplated first strike on USA. Anyways, they won’t be helping us out anytime soon with hateful powerful actors here. But they might have an answering machine message set up for us in the future, to do the heavy lifting for us.

          • USSR contemplated 1st strike on China, I mean. Won’t not causing AGW be a better way to spend money on preventing terrorism (buy out tar), than buying ground attack Jets?
            We could also build primordial soup labs; simulating lightning accurately is difficult.

          • …there are cooling system spinoffs I’m not too sure about. There are some solar panel potential spinoffs. There are materials science spinoffs. Best of all, there are computer chip industry spinoffs. Everything can be Canada made save for the lift systems. In time the location of the tachyon transmitter portal will be revealed.

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