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The Globe and Mail: Conservatives would cut foreign aid, reform procurement to fund military

February 15, 2024 — 

CGAI’s Mr. Perry said a government that dedicated itself to reforming procurement could probably wring a few billion dollars in savings from the system, but nowhere near enough to close the NATO gap.

Andrea Charron, director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba, said a Poilievre government would likely find the problem inside military purchasing is a lack of sufficient personnel to oversee procurement.

“The issues within the Department of National Defence are not waste and corruption but too few procurement specialists,” she said. “We need people to review contracts continuously to catch problems as they begin and hold contractors accountable.”

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