John McKay questions Tories on Defence Mismanagement

February-26-13

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 26/02/2013 14:55:14
Context : Question Period

Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of National Defence lost $4.9 billion off of DND's base budget. This is the same minister who cannot line up the fiscal cycle with the procurement cycle and has lapsed billions of dollars in previous budgetary allotments and he is the same minister who has lost military procurement to Public Works and Government Services following the F-35 fiasco. We have a minister who cannot protect his budget, who cannot spend what he is given and cannot manage his core procurement responsibility.

When will this decade of debacles end?

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence, CPC): Mr. Speaker, let me inject a little reality into the House. In fact, the Conservative government has seen increases of roughly 34% in the defence budget since 2005-06. Let us roll the clock back when this member was part of the government that presided over a decade of darkness, that saw the Canadian Forces rusted out.

Whether we have increased funding for procurement, for infrastructure, for salaries, for programs for soldiers, this member and this party have a sad, sorry record of not supporting the Canadian Forces.