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Joint Cabinet ministers’ statement suggests DND was briefed annually on cost of F-35 jets

A joint statement by four Cabinet ministers who were in charge of various aspects of the proposed $25-billion F-35 fighter jet project indicates the Department of National Defence was briefed annually on cost increases in the aircraft’s development and production even though Auditor General Michael Ferguson has reported the department did not inform Parliament or the government it had the information.

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Auditor General Michael Ferguson reported National Defence knew the F-35s would cost Canada a total of $25-billion for acquiring the fleet of 65 jets and operation and maintenance over 20 years when it told Parliament in March 2011 the cost would be $14.7-billion.

 

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Joint Cabinet ministers’ statement suggests DND was briefed annually on cost of F-35 jets

A joint statement by four Cabinet ministers who were in charge of various aspects of the proposed $25-billion F-35 fighter jet project indicates the Department of National Defence was briefed annually on cost increases in the aircraft’s development and production even though Auditor General Michael Ferguson has reported the department did not inform Parliament or the government it had the information.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Auditor General Michael Ferguson reported National Defence knew the F-35s would cost Canada a total of $25-billion for acquiring the fleet of 65 jets and operation and maintenance over 20 years when it told Parliament in March 2011 the cost would be $14.7-billion.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 20, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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