A new report released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives questions the wisdom of the Harper government’s $2-billion plan to purchase Close Combat Vehicles for the Canadian Forces.
The Close Combat Vehicle project, which was recently reported to have been shelved, is now said to be back on the Army’s priority list: David Pugliese, “Plans for new fleet of armoured vehicles back on track,” Ottawa Citizen, 14 March 2010.
The Canadian Army has reallocated $5 million to pay for Reserve training that it cancelled earlier this year as a cost-cutting measure. In a press release last week (“Class A Reserves receive $5 million for training,” 3 February 2010), Army commander Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie acknowledged that “Obviously the situation is not ideal, as this funding […]
The Ottawa Citizen reports (David Pugliese, Combat vehicles for army on hold, document shows, Ottawa Citizen, 21 January 2010) that the purchase of a new fleet of Close Combat Vehicles (CCVs) for the army has been postponed by the Harper government. Although the CCV purchase had been promised as a top priority by Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Public Works […]