It’s probably because they’re the only party who hasn’t yet had the unfortunate responsibility of putting their hands on Canada’s maritime helicopter procurement that the New Democrats can stand in the House of Commons now and demand answers on the file. The replacement of the Sea King helicopters – a thought process that began around a quarter-century ago, but that only gelled a short time after the millennium – was for a while a headache for the Liberals. Now, it’s for the Conservatives to deal with. And the in the wake of the F-35 fighter jet procurement scandal, the NDP is aiming to make them wear it.
Is there a private firm on earth that would take 20 years to buy a badly needed piece of equipment?