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Canada’s surface combatant costs might be taking on water

By David Perry      

It is unclear where exactly the project stands, as the government has said virtually nothing about the progress on the project since February 2019.

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux is expected to release an updated costing of the Navy’s Canadian Surface Combatant project, and if his office finds that significantly more money is needed to deliver this project, that may be a good sign that Canada should revisit the governance and project management to ensure it is being best managed, writes David Perry. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Sometime soon, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) will release an updated costing of the Navy’s Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project. Much of Canada’s naval future, military combat capability, and ability to defend our country and continent are wrapped up in that project, the most expensive we have ever undertaken. Currently budgeted at between $56-billion and $60-billion, the PBO will likely report that substantially more money is needed to deliver CSC.

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