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Government Operations committee  The biggest change there, Mr. Chair, is in recent additions in both the House and the Senate of indigenous languages. You're seeing, with appropriate notice, the ability to provide translation into languages other than English and French for those purposes. That's relatively new

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  In general, yes.

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  There are some that are more challenging than others, Mr. Chair. There is just a lack of speakers, frankly, of some of those languages, so we have been reaching out across various communities so that we can get a broader base of expertise onside as we need it. It's more of a surg

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Thank you for your question. You're absolutely right. In the past, we had trouble finding people to fill positions. Recently, though, we've started working with universities to develop more programs so we can train more students. We are working actively with universities to gen

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I can't give you a firm answer on your costs yet. Those discussions are ongoing. But the logic behind the AOPS for Coast Guard is minimal design changes, because the value there is around delivering ships to the Coast Guard quickly. If you were to do a major design overhaul, I th

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  That's the value of the AOPS to Coast Guard: it ships quickly.

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  A start date...? We're in a phase right now, Mr. Chair, of working on finalizing the design over the next three to four years. We're hoping to start to build in early 2025. Was that right, André? You can—

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Sorry, I misread my notes. They say “early 2020”, not “early 2025”, so there you go.

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  My understanding of dates, at their current stage, Mr. Chair, is that 2023 and 2025 are the two dates that are in play. For costing, I'll have to turn to my colleague André, or maybe you'll give us 30 seconds.

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The Government of Canada has a build in Canada policy, so that's what we're working with.

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  All options are on the table.

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Well, all options are on the table, but there's a build in Canada policy in play.

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  This has been a longstanding question around the technology available basically to avoid travel when you can. Can you attend or participate in meetings virtually, versus hopping on a plane and travelling? There has been significant work, I think, to upgrade the facilities to al

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The e-procurement system is a really important system for the department and for the whole of government. This is a contract that is under way with Infosys as a prime contractor. It's basically to put an off-the-shelf tool in the hands of public servants to allow them to do the b

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The shipbuilding strategy is now at a stage where you have certainty on the east coast in terms of what is being built. You have AOPS 1 through 8 all being delivered and planned as we speak, and then they will transition into building the surface combatants. They have a nice long

June 12th, 2019Committee meeting

Bill Matthews