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Liberals learn lesson of F-35 and move to keep shipbuilding cost estimates under wraps till contract signed

By Murray Brewster, CBC NewsPosted: May 26, 2016 5:35 PM ET Last Updated: May 26, 2016 5:35 PM ET

Judy Foote, minister of public Works and procurement, addresses members of the defence and security industries at the CANSEC 2016 expo on Thursday. Judy Foote, minister of public Works and procurement, addresses members of the defence and security industries at the CANSEC 2016 expo on Thursday. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Canadians will not know the price tag for the navy’s frigate replacements — the largest, most complex military purchase in the country’s history — until the ink is dry on the contract, Procurement Minister Judy Foote said Thursday.

The decision to keep the numbers secret is just one in a series of measures being taken by the Liberal government to get a handle on the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which was launched almost six years ago with much fanfare.

The program commits the federal government to dealing exclusively with Irving Shipbuilding in…

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