Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 09, 2011 13:56 ET

Statement by Minister Peter MacKay on the Release of the Transformation Report

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement:

"Since taking office in 2006, this Government's commitment to our Forces has included the resources and flexibility needed to ensure success in the UN-mandated, NATO-led combat mission to Afghanistan. More recently, Canadians gave our Government a strong mandate to strengthen the Canadian Forces; this means providing our troops with the necessary tools and equipment, while ensuring the military remains responsive, agile and efficient. Concurrently, our government will be taking a close look at spending right across government to identify the savings needed to eliminate the deficit: this includes the Department of National Defence.

The report by the former Chief of Transformation, LGen Andrew Leslie, and his team was submitted to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Deputy Minister for their review in July of this year. The Chief of Transformation was mandated to propose organizational changes that are appropriately balanced and aligned across the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. This report will inform our approach to the Government's Deficit Reduction Action Plan, the results of which will be presented in Budget 2012. At all times, support for our frontline troops will be our priority. These men and women put their lives on the line for Canada and we must do everything we can to ensure that resources are being allocated to support their effectiveness and safety.

The Transformation Report was an ambitious and complex undertaking, and the work of the Transformation Team will help define necessary organizational changes to prepare the Canadian Forces for the next decade."

To view the Transformation Report, please go to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/reports-rapports/index-eng.asp

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