It sounded so promising at the time:
MacKay touts $5-billion vehicle upgrade
Published on Wednesday, Jul. 08, 2009 5:31PM EDT
Last updated on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009 12:29PM EDT
The federal government is spending more than $5-billion to upgrade the Canadian army's combat vehicles, including improvements for its existing light armoured vehicle fleet.
At an announcement Wednesday at CFB Gagetown, Defence Minister Peter MacKay said about $1-billion will be spent to upgrade the LAV-3s that are now in service in Afghanistan.
The government is also buying close combat vehicles, tactical armoured patrol vehicles and force mobility enhancement vehicles.
“Our government is committed to providing the army with the modern robust equipment it needs to fulfil its missions in today's dangerous operating environment,” Mr. MacKay said.
“Wherever in the world Canadian soldiers find themselves, we owe it to them to give them the protective equipment that they need to do the job we've asked them to do.”
Fuckin' A! Support the troops! Hang on ... what's this?
Purchase of new armoured army vehicles on hold
January 20, 2010
With the Defence Department already looking to reduce spending, the Harper government has quietly put on hold a multi-billion-dollar purchase of new armoured vehicles for the army, according to a document leaked to the Ottawa Citizen.
Dear Canadian troops:
Get used to those IEDs. Life's a bitch.
P.S. Dear troops: Prorogation is awesome. You should try it sometime.