School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

With billions of dollars at stake, all parties promise to fix defence purchases

October 5, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - Lee Berthiaume with comments by Kim Richard Nossal, Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University


Most procurements are still completed with minimal fuss. The problems largely lie with big, once-in-a-lifetime contracts like fighters and warships that are worth billions of dollars and are not only essential for the military to operate, but have the potential to benefit Canadian businesses and communities for years. The ones that involve billions of public dollars.

"You're trying to get the best bang for the buck for as little buck as possible," says Queen's University professor Kim Nossal, who wrote a book entitled "Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada" in 2016.

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