|Sadly, these guys won't be in charge.|
Thankfully, there are some signs to suggest we may soon see some positive movement.
First of all, there is finally some movement in the agonizing process to replace Canada's fixed wing search and rescue (FWSAR) fleet.
Next comes word that the government has formed a cabinet committee to look over future high-profile defense purchases. While a committee can be a place where good ideas go to die, the high profile of the participants may suggest otherwise.
|Then again, Harjit Sajjan might qualify as a "lumberjack commando".|
Sajjan has certainly hit the ground running by changing Canada's mission against ISIS/ISIL. He has also mentioned that Canada will not exclude the F-35 Lightning II as a possible CF-18 replacement. While this may give the impression of backing down on the promise to cancel the F-35 purchase, it would be difficult to hold an "open and fair" competition whilst specifically excluding a contender.
Expect Sajjan to advocate for the best equipment for our military, or, more to the point, advocate for the choice of Canada's top military officials.
|Navdeep Bains self-consciously hides the mustard stain on his tie.|
In short, this means Bains will be advocating for whatever option has the best chance of providing Canadian jobs.
|Scott Brison holding an invisible basketball.|
Brison is an experienced political veteran, having served as a former Minister of Public Works and Government Services. Formerly a Progressive Conservative, he famously crossed the floor shortly after it merged with the Canadian Alliance to form the Conservative Party of Canada.
|Judy Foote, showing off her microphone cozy collection.|
Like Brison, Foote is a political veteran having been involved in both provincial politics and federal for quite some time. She has served as both Deputy House Leader and Whip.
|The Irving Shipyards|
With Sajjan representing the riding of Vancouver South (a stone's throw from the Seaspan Shipyards) and Brison representing Kings-Hants (a stone's throw from the Halifax Shipyard) it is safe to assume that the NSPS is mostly safe.
Let us hope they are up for the task.