This week's federal Auditor General's report on drawn-out, over-budget helicopter purchases has prompted politicians of all stripes to dust off their favourite memories of military procurements from days gone by.
As Sheila Fraser noted in her report, the government kicked off the process to replace Canada's ancient fleet of Sea King maritime helicopters 25 years ago.
The first plan was hatched in 1992 when the Conservative government announced its purchase of 50 EH-101 choppers at a cost of $4.8 billion. But a year later, the new Liberal goverment cancelled the deal and paid more than $470 million in cancellation fees.
On Tuesday, many Conservatives, including Defence Minister Peter MacKay revived the whole episode, pointing to the cancellation as the genesis of today's issues with the on-going procurement of 28 Sikorsky Cyclone helicopters.