School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada: Suggestions for the Trudeau Government

Kim Richard Nossal

Thursday, March 17, 2016,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM             All are Welcome

Kim R Nossal | March 17, 2016


Kim Richard Nossal

School of Policy Studies, Centre for International and Defence Policy, and Department of Political Studies
Queen's University



Canada’s defence procurement policies remain deeply problematic, with hundreds of millions of dollars wasted in delays, cost overruns, and failed or deferred competitions. The Conservative government of Stephen Harper promised to fix defence procurement when it came to office in 2006, but left office in 2015 with defence procurement in even worse shape. Now it is the Liberals’ turn: Justin Trudeau’s government has also promised to fix the mess. This talk will offer some suggestions about how the Trudeau government  can avoid the Harper Conservatives’ fate.


Kim Richard Nossal is a professor in the School of Policy Studies, the Centre for International and Defence Policy, and the Department of Political Studies. He served as the director of the School of Policy Studies from 2013 to 2015. He has published a number of articles and books on Canadian foreign and defence policy. His latest book, The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 4th ed., co-authored with Stéphane Roussel and Stéphane Paquin, was published in November 2015.