Military procurement officials hopeful years of troubles finally behind them

A Canadian soldier looks at a CF-18 Hornet as it sits loaded for flight at Camp Fortin on the Trapani-Birgi Air Force Base in Trapani, Italy, on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press, July 9, 2017 

OTTAWA — For anyone hoping the Liberal government plans to blow up Canada’s much-maligned military procurement system, Patrick Finn has some advice: Don’t hold your breath.

Finn is the Defence Department official responsible for overseeing the $6-billion-per-year procurement system, which has been criticized far and wide in recent years over a perceived failure to deliver critical military equipment.

The problems have been blamed on poor planning, red tape and internal bickering, which has tied up efforts to buy new aircraft, naval ships and other equipment.

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