Friday, May 16, 2008

Opposition questions true cost of defence plan

The Conservative government's much-touted 20-year defence plan is raising questions about its actual cost.

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the plan earlier this week to equip the military with new ships and planes, he admitted it would have a substantial cost, estimated to be about $20 billion.

But that figure was quickly corrected by Harper's defence minister -- even before the prime minister had a chance to finish his announcement in front of Canadian soldiers.

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