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Defence deputy minister to start sweeping procurement-rules review this summer

By Emily Haws      

Jody Thomas says she wants to pare down the procurement process to get new equipment quicker. Industry and opposition critics support the idea.

Department of National Defence deputy minister Jody Thomas says DND is in the early stages of reviewing federal defence procurement rules, with a view to streamline them to ensure the department can deliver on the promises outlined in its long-term plan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Department of National Defence deputy minister Jody Thomas says she'll work through the summer to review how the Canadian government buys defence equipment, with a view to paring down the procurement process to get projects out the door quicker. That could even mean more use of sole-source contracts, when it doesn't make sense to hold a competition. She says the department wants to ensure the money outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged—the government’s 20-year defence policy unveiled last year—is

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