CADSI Strongly Endorses Government's "Positive, Unambiguous Policy
Statement" on Defence Procurement Strategy in Federal Budget
OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Defence and
Security Industries (CADSI) strongly endorses the federal government's
commitment to create and implement a defence procurement strategy in
which Canadian companies will be part of any plan to build equipment
for the Canadian Forces, as expressed today in the federal Budget.
"Military procurement is the largest single area of discretionary
spending the government has," said Mr. Page. "The Government is boldly
seizing the opportunity this spending represents to create jobs,
especially high-end manufacturing jobs, in the Canadian defence and
security sector. This is an important step forward, putting Canada on
a similar footing to other highly industrialized countries with clear
strategies to promote their defence and security sectors."
Mr. Page added, "The government's commitment in the Budget recognizes
that it is in the national interest to have a strong, innovative,
domestic defence-related manufacturing base that produces leading edge
equipment, generates high-value exports, and supports knowledge-based
jobs for Canadians."
CADSI had broadly supported recommendations put forward by OpenText
chairman Tom Jenkins in his report to the government on leveraging
defence procurement around Key Industrial Capabilities in the Canadian
sector. "Our industry is delighted that the government endorsed Tom
Jenkins' proposal to use Key Industrial Capabilities to leverage
military procurement and has committed to expediting the implementation
of the Jenkins recommendations this Spring," said Mr. Page.
Mr. Page welcomed the Government's commitment to actively promoting the
significant export opportunities for Canadian-produced goods and
services in the defence and security sector, which are crucial to the
long term success and sustainability of the industry.
Page said the government has recognized that implementing the announced
procurement strategy in the Budget includes the need for process
reform. Two key elements of the proposed reform package, which CADSI
strongly endorses, are:
a plan for participation by Canadian industry prior to approving defence
an effective challenge function at the front end of the procurement
process to better manage risk, cost, and equipment specifications.
"We look forward to getting down to business with the government at its
first opportunity, to contribute to the effective and timely
implementation of these very important policy commitments."
CADSI is the voice of Canada's defence and security industries. CADSI
represents over 950 member companies who are essential contributors to
Canada's national defence and security. The sector employs 109, 000
Canadians and generated over 12.6 billion dollars to the Canadian
economy in 2011.
For more information on CADSI visit: https://www.defenceandsecurity.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)
For further information:
Christel Gallant 613-235-5337 ext 29