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