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. (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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