So now we learn the reason that big truck purchase bid was cancelled at the very last minute. DND had, since it got permission to buy the trucks, added on so many bells and whistles it had almost doubled the price. They were going to let out bids on a $770 million contract when they had only gotten permission to spend $400.
It's been obvious for some time that McKay is not the man to run DND. Whether he's an idiot or an absentee or just totally in the pockets of the generals and bureaucrats he seems largely oblivious to what's going on and incapable of reigning in his people.
An appropriate change would seem to be to have him and John Baird switch jobs. McKay seems tailor made for the wine and cheese party set, and the bureaucrats at DND really deserve John Baird. He's also been Harper's hatchet man for troublesome jobs since day one of this government, and getting control of these people (and firing lots of them) would seem to be something well within his capabilities.
To the article:
The Defence Department had received government approval in 2009 to move forward with the $430 million purchase of 1,500 off-the-shelf medium-sized trucks. But in subsequent years department and military officials began adding more capabilities to what they wanted in the vehicles, bumping the estimated cost to between $730 million and $800 million.
In other words, mine and IED protection……….those greedy bastards.
They also faced criticism from the auditor general for their purchase of Chinook helicopters, which will be based in Petawawa. That deal was supposed to cost $2 billion but the price tag ballooned to almost $5 billion according to the auditor general, after military officials started adding more capabilities.
Either the Auditor General made a “mistake” or the media doesn’t understand what was included when DND received preliminary project approval in ‘06 and effective approval in ‘09:
The initial estimate didn’t include estimates for in-service support, which the initial submission mentioned……….When said price was included, the project “doubled” in cost.
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