Ahead of this morning’s release of the auditor general’s report, sources tell the Post, CBC and Globe that the Harper government will change its handling of the procurement process and sort of consider its options.
The government will vow to evaluate all options for the procurement of Canada’s next-generation fighter – raising doubts about its commitment to the F-35. But sources cautioned against interpreting this to mean that the Conservative government is actively considering purchasing a different jet. “The F-35 train is still on the track,” one government source said.
Rather, sources said, this would mean exploring whether to shift the F-35 purchase schedule so that it occurs more squarely in the lowest-cost production years – and considering how to make the existing fleet of CF-18 jets fly longer.
The AG’s report will be tabled in the House shortly after 10am.