The last thing you expect to hear about a national defence plan is that it could endanger our national security. Yet, that’s exactly the possibility being raised in a concerning new report about the warship replacement plan under the Trudeau government.
First reported in the Ottawa Citizen, it seems the reliance on private contractors for the maintenance of our new warships could be a serious national security problem.
The concern was brought forward by the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and comes as the Trudeau government is close to giving out a multi-billion dollar maintenance contract.
Here’s the big problem:
Instead of making the maintenance of the ships an in-house operation in our National Defence Department, they’re giving it to a Canadian-subsidiary of a company from France called Thales.
According to the report, “The unions are concerned companies will hold too much control over the proprietary rights to equipment on board the ships, limiting what defence department workers and Canadian military personnel can do to maintain the vessels and their systems.”
Here is part of a letter the unions wrote to Trudeau regarding those concerns:
“As we have learned with expensive public contracts like Phoenix, mismanaged contacts can have significant adverse effects both on the department as well as the broader public service. Within DND, this is compounded by the potential compromising of our national security apparatus by private industry and clear security risks in under-investing in our own core capabilities.”
Disturbingly, John MacLennan, head of UNDE points out that “Military staff and federal workers will also be limited in what they can do because of the maintenance ‘deals with private firms.”
Said MacLennan, “We won’t be able to touch the new equipment. The companies will own all the intellectual property.”
Dangerous reliance on private contractors
Our Canadian Navy must not be reliant on non-Canadian private firms. Putting the maintenance of our navy at the mercy of organizations that are not fully Canadian, and that we don’t fully control, is a huge mistake.
Yet, the Trudeau defence plan is actually increasing the reliance on private contractors for maintenance, as opposed to building that capacity within our own National Defence Department.
That is incredibly dangerous, and according to the report, “The federal government had earlier been warned by DND that its strategy of having one firm in charge of maintenance for both the supply ships and Arctic patrol vessels could cost taxpayers more money in the long run, according to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.”
They ignored the warning.
So, the foolish reliance on private contractors by the Trudeau government could not only cost us more, but could make us less safe. As the report points out, that’s because “A dispute with the contractor could also force the Royal Canadian Navy to resort to conducting maintenance and support for the ships on a piecemeal basis, a development that would affect its operations, added the briefing note.”
This weakened readiness would be a severe danger if we faced an imminent and unexpected crisis.
Canada needs a real military buildup
As I’ve been saying for a while now, we cannot defend our country on the cheap. We need a big military buildup, both in terms of expanding all aspects of the army, navy, and air force, but also in terms of our homegrown capacity. We must develop the research, production, industry, and maintenance ability here in our own country, so we are not reliant on others for our defence.
Our beautiful and vast country is home to tremendous potential abundance, and in a serious crisis, the rest of the world will look upon us with covetous eyes as they seek our oil, water, land, minerals, and other resources.
History shows that a strong national defence is the only deterrent to aggression, and if we are to thrive in a dangerous world we must deal with others from a position of strength.
Unfortunately, our governments keep choosing weakness and vulnerability, and the fiasco of our ship maintenance program is just the latest example of this shameful failure to truly keep our nation safe.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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