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Liberal MP tables motion at Public Accounts Committee to investigate AG's findings that government hid F-35 costs

The motion calls for testimony from Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, chief of air staff at National Defence; Dan Ross, the department’s deputy minister for materiel; two F-35 project managers; four senior managers and deputy ministers from Industry Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada; as well as Mr. Ferguson and Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.

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National Defence Minister Peter MacKay, pictured at a recent House committee. Auditor General Michael Ferguson says in his report tabled in Parliament Tuesday that the total cost of buying, maintaining and operating the fleet of 65 stealth fighters would be a minimum of $25-billion over 20 years instead of just over $14-billion DND was claiming publicly.

OTTAWA—The opposition parties have set the stage to confront the Conservative government over scorching allegations from Auditor General Michael Ferguson that the Department of National Defence failed to disclose billions of dollars in costs for the F-35 stealth-fighter jet project.

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Liberal MP tables motion at Public Accounts Committee to investigate AG's findings that government hid F-35 costs

The motion calls for testimony from Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, chief of air staff at National Defence; Dan Ross, the department’s deputy minister for materiel; two F-35 project managers; four senior managers and deputy ministers from Industry Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada; as well as Mr. Ferguson and Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
National Defence Minister Peter MacKay, pictured at a recent House committee. Auditor General Michael Ferguson says in his report tabled in Parliament Tuesday that the total cost of buying, maintaining and operating the fleet of 65 stealth fighters would be a minimum of $25-billion over 20 years instead of just over $14-billion DND was claiming publicly.

OTTAWA—The opposition parties have set the stage to confront the Conservative government over scorching allegations from Auditor General Michael Ferguson that the Department of National Defence failed to disclose billions of dollars in costs for the F-35 stealth-fighter jet project.

  

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