Skip to comments.Exclusive:.Leak suggests F-35 fighter jet purchase fraught with errors(Canada)
Posted on 03/21/2012 9:50:42 PM PDT by U-238
Canada's auditor general has both National Defence and Public Works in his sights when it comes to the troubled F-35 stealth fighter program, say senior government sources.
A draft copy of the scathing review, circulating in Ottawa for weeks, suggests the air force didn't do its pricing homework and government officials failed to follow procurement rules, say those who've read it.
It's not clear whether the language will be toned down in the final report, Michael Ferguson's first as auditor general, when it's released April 3.
But federal officials familiar with the document note no final decision on purchasing the multi-role fighter has been made, and may take a year or two.
"It's bad, (but) how can the auditor general be auditing a purchase that hasn't taken place?" said one senior official, who asked not to be identified.
"The process to select, you can look at. They are pre-supposing a decision to acquire has taken place and it hasn't."
Julian Fantino, the minister in charge of defence procurement, gave a similar message to the House of Commons defence committee last week, and went further by saying that Ottawa reserves the right to bail on the multibillion-dollar program.
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