Defence Procurement StrategyPublished on 19 October 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day (retired)
Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and in fact, it is a question that I had for Minister Foote yesterday but the time ran out before I was able to ask it, so I’m taking this opportunity to ask the question of you. It relates to defence procurement.
The Defence Procurement Secretariat is housed in Minister Foote’s ministry and coordinates the procurement activities of her department with the Department of National Defence and with the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, formerly known as Industry Canada.
Two years ago, the previous government announced a new Defence Procurement Strategy. Can you give us an update on the progress and report on how this new strategy is unfolding? In particular, I note on the minister’s department website that the Defence Procurement Strategy “has three key objectives: delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; leveraging our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and streamlining defence procurement processes.”
Are these objectives being met? Can you advise this chamber whether the current government plans to continue with this particular strategy?