I wanted to talk briefly about the procurement cycle that we're in right now and the time limit that we touched on earlier.
When I got to the air division in 2003, the highest priority acquisition for the military at the time was the replacement for the Buffalo. That was in 2003, and we obviously have an answer for that in 2016. I appreciate that not all of the work was done properly on the first go when the previous government tried to sole-source this. I was working in the air division, so I know what was done and what was not done.
We're not starting from scratch as if there's a lot of work to do. We're somewhere in between nothing being done and something being done, but it certainly wasn't all done. The defence critic has said a number of times that we could do this in just a year, yet the previous government couldn't do anything in a year.
I have a hard time, seeing that it's 2018 and that anything we get, as was mentioned earlier in this meeting, would take three years to deliver once we made a decision on something.... That still gives us a number of years. What is going to be the holdup here in getting this done? It's certainly not the manufacturers. This is what they do. They're ready to go.
I understand that there's a process. I was in civilian life for a while and managed RFPs and RFIs and all that kind of stuff, but I still can't account for the timeline here given the urgency of getting a new airplane for our military.