It is time to acknowledge that, on a couple of vitally important files, the Trudeau government has “moved the yardsticks:”
- First, as I mentioned just a few days ago, Canada is having an open and fair (because the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightening II is being allowed to compete) competition to buy a new fighter plane. There are some complications, as I noted, but I am confident that it will be a fair competition … in the end it is cabinet that will decide, as it must in out system of government. We hire experts in the military and civil service to do detailed analyses but we elect politicians to make these big buck decisions for us; and
- Second, as I mentioned almost a month ago, the prime contractor (Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax) has selected the Type 26 Global Combat Ship to be the base for Canada’s new major warship programme.
In both cases I am convinced that it was/is officials, not the politicians, who are advancing these issues and I worry about dollars and numbers because I am pretty sure that the prime minister’s heart is not in these projects but the fact is that he and his whole team have advanced both projects; they have kept their promises and they deserve credit for that.