A new audit by National Defence suggests chronic under-spending by the government is taking a toll on Canada’s military bases.
The document, which was recently published on the department’s website, shows many bases are crumbling due to a lack of investment in maintenance and repairs. The audit suggests the problem is made worse by the fact that military officials have little to no information on the actual state of those municipal works.
That means the department is unclear on what specifically needs to be fixed or replaced.
Government officials have claimed they are committed to improving facilities, and equipping Canadian Armed Forces members with the resources needed to do their jobs.
However, National Defence found the $200-million dollars set aside in the federal budget for military infrastructure will not be used to address the under-funding discovered in the audit.
Rather than the basic utilities required to operate military bases, the $200-million dollars will go toward armouries, aircraft hangars, naval jetties and military housing.
The Liberals are currently drafting a new defence policy, but have so far refused to say whether any new injection of money for the military can be expected in the near future.
National Defence officials blamed the current problems on a combination of under-funding and poor record-keeping.