Conservative Party of Canada

Supply Ships: The Navy?s two Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships are 35 years old and only one is available for use (down from three replenishment ships in service until 1998).

Announcement Dates:

?(Oct 22, 2003) Defence Minister McCallum announces the supply ship purchase: ?In terms of our investment plan, we are committed to replacing the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ships.?

?(Mar 23, 2004) Budget 2004 announces the supply ship purchase: ?major acquisitions consistent with the current capital budget include replacements for the navy?s replenishment ships.?

Sea Kings: The Sea King replacement (procured in 1963) is the longest-running equipment procurement project in Canadian history (since the 1970s). The 1993 Liberal Government decision to scrap the replacement program cost almost $500 million in cancellation fees.

Announcement Dates: This procurement priority has been repeatedly announced by the Liberal Government.

?(Dec 1, 1994) The 1994 Liberal Defence White Paper states: ?There is an urgent need for robust and capable new shipborne helicopters. The Sea Kings are rapidly approaching the end of their operational life. Work will, therefore, begin immediately to identify options and plans to put into service new affordable replacement helicopters by the end of the decade.?

?(Aug 17, 2000) Defence Minister Eggleton said: ?I?m pleased to announced today that the government has granted approval for the Department of National Defence to begin the process of acquiring 28 new maritime helicopters.? Public Works Minister Gagliano said: ?We are planning two separate competitive procurements which will be held over the next two years: one for the basic helicopter and its service, support and a second for the mission system integration with the intendant supports.?

?(Dec 5, 2002) Defence Minister McCallum announces the contentious competition process was merged: ?I have instructed my officials to proceed as soon as possible with a single tender for a fully equipped helicopter.?

?(Dec 17, 2003) Defence Minister Pratt announces the request for proposals for the maritime helicopter project: ?The procurement of new maritime helicopters will give Canadians a modern, cutting-edge helicopter that will serve our defence requirements for years to come.?

?(Feb 2, 2004) The Speech from the Throne announces the maritime helicopter project: ?the Government will make immediate investments in key capital equipment, such as? replacements for the Sea King helicopters.?

?(Mar 23, 2004) Budget 2004 announces the maritime helicopter project: ?The Maritime Helicopter Project, which will deliver 28 maritime helicopters that will meet Canadian Forces? needs well into the 21st century.?

SAR Aircraft: The Air Force?s fixed wing search and rescue (SAR) aircraft fleet of six Buffalo CC 115s and 10 C-130 Hercules are either too old or being used in a cost-ineffective manner.

Announcement Dates:

?(Nov 6, 2003) Defence Minister McCallum announces the purchase of new search-and-rescue planes.

?(Mar 23, 2004) Budget 2004 announces SAR aircraft replacement: ?Another major priority for Canada?s military is the purchase of modern Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft (SAR) to replace older Hercules aircraft and Canada?s fleet of Buffalo aircraft.?

MGS Stryker: The government is procuring 66 wheeled vehicles (Mobile Gun System or Stryker) to replace the Army?s 114 Leopard Tanks (already the smallest tank force in NATO).

Announcement Dates:

?(May 22, 2003) Defence Minister McCallum announces that he will scrap Canada?s tank fleet in favour of a lighter wheeled vehicle: ?I?m planning to replace the tanks with a more modern, direct firepower system.?

?(Oct 29, 2003): Minister McCallum announces the Mobile Gun System purchase: ?The acquisition of a mobile gun system is an important project that will take Canada’s Army further down the path of transformation.?

?(Feb 2, 2004) The Speech from the Throne announces the Mobile Gun System purchase: the Government will make immediate investments in key capital equipment, such as?new armoured vehicles?.

? (Mar 23, 2004) Budget 2004 announces the Mobile Gun System purchase: ?The acquisition of 66 Mobile Gun Systems to replace its aging Leopard tank fleet.?