We must build our own capacity here in Canada.
The ongoing inability of the Canadian government to procure equipment for the defence of Canada is an embarrassment.
For decades, Canada’s procurement system has been horrible. As a result, not only do Canada’s protectors face massive under funding, but they also have to wait far longer than reasonable for new equipment.
Now, the shipbuilding program that was “rebooted” by the Trudeau Government appears to be another debacle.
When the government changed the program, they decided to have new frigates built from existing designs used by foreign governments, rather than having something designed from scratch in Canada.
While this was supposed to make things quicker, it appears to be totally backfiring.
According to a new report, one of the countries competing to design the warships is blocking the transfer of information required for the project to proceed, and won’t accept the contract terms as set up by the Trudeau government.
This could cause even further delays in the project, and we haven’t even mentioned how it’s billions over-budget.
The vulnerability of outsourcing our naval designs
Because Canada has neglected our home-grown defence industry for decades, we have become reliant on foreign countries. Even with our allies, there is always a loss of control when outsourcing designs. We lose the opportunity to have full influence over the project, and we lose out on developing knowledge and capacity here at home.
The government took the lazy route, seeking to use the expertise of other countries instead of designing a ship ourselves. Yet, that lazy approach isn’t working.
As noted in a report, “The problem is many of Canada’s allies, including the U.S., Britain, France and Australia, paid for the development of those essential electronics individually and don’t want to share the data for their own national security reasons. Defence analyst Dave Perry said he’s heard informally that as many as three governments, including the United States, are balking at handing over the data.”
Of course, after the Trudeau government let China takeover sensitive Canadian national security companies, why would any of our democratic allies want to hand over data to Trudeau?
Huge missed opportunity
The shipbuilding project was a huge opportunity to build up our own Canadian capacity for designing warships. Instead, it looks like it’s just another procurement failure.
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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