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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.

 

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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
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE