The latest episode in the ongoing warship procurement fiasco is a new report saying the design tender for the $60 billion purchase is “too complex.”
According to the report, one of the project bidders says the Liberals request for proposals – which was supposed to be the “faster and cheaper” option, will need a massive redesign:
“To the best of our knowledge, neither we, nor any other prequalified bidder, possesses an off-the-shelf ship design which could be modified to meet all of the [request for proposal] requirements without, in effect, becoming a new design with all of the risks that would stem from a massive redesign effort,” says the unnamed bidder.
This is likely the reason the Trudeau government has extended the deadline for bids until August, and further extensions are possible.
These latest delays not only weaken our defences – leaving us vulnerable for a longer period of time – but they also once again show how pathetic our procurement strategy is. For decades, successive governments have failed to take our national defence seriously, leading to one embarrassing fiasco after another.
That needs to change.
We should be designing our own warships
Canada is a technologically advanced, and resource-wealthy country. We have everything we could ever need. There is no reason to think we can’t design our own warships. We should be building that capacity in Canada, not going to foreign firms to get it done. The same goes for other aspects of our military. While purchasing the F-35’s may be the most logical option, we should begin building our own capacity to design and construct the subsequent generation of fighter jets within Canada.
There is no reason Canada can’t have our own strong and prosperous defence industry. We live in a dangerous world, and national self-reliance is more important now than ever. Not only would it make us more safe, but by putting a serious and long-term investment in our own military design and industry capacity, we could end the shameful legacy of procurement failures.
If we don’t build this capacity soon, we could come to bitterly regret it.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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