In his latest report, Parliament’s budgetary watchdog has revealed that Canadians are going to pay about 20-per-cent more in order to build new resupply ships for the navy by building it here, instead of building the same vessels in the United States. The federal government has planned to spend $2.3 billion in lieu of natively constructing two new resupply ships in Vancouver over the coming years, which is part of its multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding plan.
However, the Parliamentary Budget Office mentioned found that not only will it cost more to buy what the navy needs, but the taxpayers will be paying a premium for building the ships in Canada. Previously, the PBO estimated that the plan is anticipated to cost approximately $3.2 billion. Whereas now the report released on Wednesday says the same ships will cost U.S. for 21 per cent less, or about $2.6 billion, in case it is instead built in the U.S.