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Building resupply ships costs more in Canada, parliamentary budget officer warnsCanada's navyleeberthiaume

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:46:29 +0000

OTTAWA – Canadians will pay about 20-per-cent more to build new resupply ships for the navy than if the same vessels were built in the United States, Parliament’s budgetary watchdog says. The federal government has set aside $2.3 billion to […]

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Highlights from the fall report of Canada’s auditor generalMichael FergusonchristinaspencrAuditor General Michael Ferguson

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:18:55 +0000

OTTAWA – Here are some key findings of the fall 2013 report of the federal auditor general: –Some people who pose a threat to Canadians’ security have managed to enter the country illegally because of lax border entry controls. Auditor […]

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Clock ticking on Canadian navy, coast guard fleetsLouis S. St-Laurent icebreakerleeberthiaume

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:48:04 +0000

OTTAWA — An auditor general’s report next week that the federal government’s national shipbuilding strategy will cost billions more than budgeted to buy new navy and coast guard ships is likely to prompt calls to revisit or scrap the whole […]

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Government’s $38-billion shipbuilding plan doesn’t have enough money, auditor general to reportMichael Fergusonleeberthiaume

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 14:32:13 +0000

OTTAWA — Canada’s auditor general has found that the billions of dollars set aside for the federal government’s shipbuilding plan won’t be enough to get the navy the vessels it was promised, or needs. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s report on […]

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Shipbuilding schedule conflict to cost taxpayers extra $55 millionArctic surveyleeberthiaume

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:40:27 +0000

OTTAWA — Canadian taxpayers will be forced to shell out an extra $55 million due to a scheduling conflict in the federal government’s national shipbuilding strategy, senior officials have confirmed. At the same time, Canada’s navy will be forced to […]

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Seven challenges for the Stephen Harper governmentDean Del Mastroleeberthiaume

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:01:21 +0000

The federal Conservatives will try to lay out a new course as they prepare for a run into the next federal election in 2015. But some controversies won’t go away easily: Robocalls Elections Canada continues its hunt for the elusive […]

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Canadian government to make decision on shipbuilding projects in the fallLouis S. St-Laurent icebreakerleeberthiaume

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:26:08 +0000

OTTAWA — The federal government will decide in the fall whether resupplying Canada’s navy or Arctic sovereignty is more important. The Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard have been in fits in recent months as each has major shipbuilding […]

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Questions surround build-in-Canada obligations under $35-billion federal shipbuilding planShipbuildingleeberthiaume

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 23:28:37 +0000

OTTAWA — The Harper government’s vaunted $35-billion national shipbuilding strategy is designed to not only replace the navy’s and coast guard’s fleets, but also turn Canada into a world-class shipbuilder. The federal government’s shipbuilding strategy includes a “built” in Canada […]

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PBO to release shipbuilding report ThursdayShipbuildingleeberthiaume

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:50:31 +0000

OTTAWA — Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page will pull the curtains open on the Harper government’s $35-billion shipbuilding plan Thursday with a new report expected to identify major concerns with the vaunted procurement strategy. Amid problems with the F-35 stealth […]

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Military production could boost Canadian economy, report saysRona Ambrose procurementleeberthiaume

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:28:20 +0000

OTTAWA — The Harper government is examining ways to turn Canada into a major arms producer in a bid to leverage hundreds of billions of dollars in planned defence spending into Canadian jobs and prosperity. On Tuesday, an experts’ panel […]

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Parliamentary watchdog dives into $35-billion shipbuilding plancanada-politics-311leeberthiaume

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:58:19 +0000

OTTAWA — Vindicated by revelations this past spring that the Department of National Defence withheld information about the full cost of the F-35 fighter, Parliament’s budgetary watchdog has now turned its attention to the Harper government’s $35-billion national shipbuilding plan. The […]

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$9 million shipyard contract marks start of Arctic vessel constructionPeter MacKaypostmedianews1

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:20:36 +0000

OTTAWA — The Harper government on Tuesday rolled out what it hopes is the first of dozens of contracts associated with its vaunted $35-billion national shipbuilding strategy. The $9.3-million contract with Irving Shipyards in Halifax is aimed at moving the […]

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MacKay ‘optimistic guy’ when it comes to F-35leeberthiaume

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:29:02 +0000

Defence Minister Peter MacKay described himself as “an optimistic guy” in response to questions over why he has been more willing to defend the F-35 than almost any of his Cabinet colleagues. MacKay was appearing before reporters in Halifax where […]

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Shipbuilding contracts finally surfacechristinaspencr

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:20:30 +0000

OTTAWA – The Canadian government’s multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding contracts are going to one west-coast and one east-coast shipyard, leaving out a Quebec bidder for the process. A contract for combat ships will go to The Halifax Shipyard, owned by Irving Shipbuilding. […]

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Liberals slam shipbuilding extensiontobicohen

Mon, 04 Jul 2011 20:04:15 +0000

Five days after the federal government extended the bid deadline on some $33 billion worth of shipbuilding contracts, the Liberals are crying foul. In a press release Monday, Liberal industry critic Geoff Regan raised concerns about the fairness of the […]

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