CADSI Endorses the Jenkins Special Report on Procurement and Urges the Government to Act Quickly to Maximize Jobs, Innovation and Economic Activity in Canada From Defence Spending

OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - The Jenkins' Expert Panel Special Report on Military Procurement "Procurement in support of business innovation" released today provides a clear affirmation of many of the key recommendations contained in CADSI's December 2009 report to the federal government on defence procurement and should be acted upon urgently, said Tim Page, president of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).

"Jenkins came to similar conclusions as our 860 members when he called for the creation of a defence industrial policy that identified key industrial capabilities of economic, sovereign and security value to Canada that should be nurtured and developed in Canada through targeted defence procurement, R&D and export strategies," added Page.

While Jenkins was not mandated to address the issue of defence procurement reform, CADSI members are convinced that reform must accompany the adoption of an industrial strategy if its implementation is to maximize jobs, innovation and economic activity in Canada from defence spending. In this regard, Page encouraged the federal Cabinet to approve a domestic industrial participation plan for each capital project at the earliest stages of National Defence's procurement process. He also called on the government to exempt defence procurements from its Canadian Content Policy, mandate Canadian industry to be responsible for the repair, maintenance and overhaul of Canadian Forces military equipment, and adopt a more balanced approach with industry with respect to contract and project risk management.

CADSI commended Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose and the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear, on the release of the Jenkins Report,  which evolved from the June 6th, 2011 Federal Budget that committed the government to create a defence procurement strategy, in consultation with industry, to maximize job creation, support Canadian manufacturing capabilities and innovation, and bolster economic growth in Canada.

CADSI looks forward to working collaboratively with the government to ensure the creation of an industrial strategy for the defence and security of Canada that will re-equip the Canadian Forces and contribute to the government's jobs, innovation and economic agendas.

About CADSI: CADSI is a national, not-for-profit, business association that represents the collective interests of its members. It represents 860 member companies that employ 90,000 knowledge-based workers that generate $10 billion a year in direct military sales to the Canadian and foreign governments.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)

For further information:

Tim Page - 613-235-5337 x 24
CADSI President

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