WEB ONLY: Peter MacKay on Canada’s New Fleet of Ships
January 27, 2012
submit to reddit

The Defense Minister tells George where newly built Canadian ships will be sent, where the money is going to come from, and the government's plans for the future of the military.

In this clip, Peter talks about...

Where the ships will be used
"Well, they're going to go to places where we've seen: off the coast of Libya, around the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Aden, places in the Mediterranean. Places that keep commerce rolling."

How we will pay for them
"The money's booked. The money - in the Canada First Defense Strategy, which I commend to you, it's great nighttime reading, if you have the time - and it sets out a plan, seriously, it sets out a plan for 20-plus years for the Canadian Forces. And the good news about this is it gives us predictability."

Building the ships in Canada
"We're building ships in Canada, and that's the key. We made the decision to build these ships in Canada, on both coasts. And we're building vessels that are going to serve our Navy, and our country, our Royal Navy, far into the future."

Comments

Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.