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Funding announced for CFB Goose Bay

Municipal, provincial and federal politicians were in attendance on June 28 for an announcement of $12 million in funding for CFB Goose Bay to repair its airfield. Pictured (from left) are Master Warrant Officer Lori White, MP Seamus O’Regan, Premier Dwight Ball, MP Yvonne Jones, Minister of National Defense  Harjit Sajian, Lieutenant-Colonel Luc Sabourin, Happy Valley – Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook.
Municipal, provincial and federal politicians were in attendance on June 28 for an announcement of $12 million in funding for CFB Goose Bay to repair its airfield. Pictured (from left) are Master Warrant Officer Lori White, MP Seamus O’Regan, Premier Dwight Ball, MP Yvonne Jones, Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajian, Lieutenant-Colonel Luc Sabourin, Happy Valley – Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook.

Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay got an infusion of cash on June 28.

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajian announced $12 million in funding to upgrade its airfield.

“In our 2016 federal budget we announced that the department of national defence will invest $200 million in infrastructure for Canadian armed forces bases and other defence properties across the country,” he said. “The department is using these funds to repair hangers, airfields, jetties, armories and military housing, to make improvements to our infrastructure. 

“This is part of a larger $3.4 billion investment over the next five years to maintain and upgrade federal infrastructure assets and provide services to all Canadians.”

Sajian said Goose Bay provides a unique and challenging training environment to deployed military units around the world. This investment will enable the replacement of ramps east of hangers seven and eight, which he said are essential to NORAD’s flying operations. 

The site survey is expected to begin later this fall, with construction expected to start this time next year and the end date for the project in March of 2018. 

“Improvements to military infrastructure will provide the men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force with the equipment they need to train and operate successfully in the years to come,” Sajian said. “Equally important, infrastructure projects like one provide economic opportunities for area residents and businesses in the region. This announcement reinforces that one of the government of Canada’s top priorities is to keep Canadians safe.”

Happy Valley–Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook attended the announcement and told the minister he was happy with the government’s commitment to CFB Goose Bay.

“We’ve gone over a decade without having the pleasure of meeting a minister of defense and this is the second time I’ve met you this year,” Snook said. “Twelve million dollars for missions such as NORAD and the importance it has for the country certainly sends a strong signal that this is a base for many more years to come.”

When asked about the long-term sustainability and plan for the base, Sajian said since there is a defense review upcoming they cannot look at things in isolation and they need to look at the big picture.

“When we look at operations we need to be sustaining,” he said. “That gives better confidence to the communities as well. You just don’t want to do something and not know how long it’s going to last.” 

He said if something has an operational requirement that is going to lead into the future, that will lead to further partnerships within the communities and the federal government and the military.

 

 Evan.careen@tc.tc

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajian announced $12 million in funding to upgrade its airfield.

“In our 2016 federal budget we announced that the department of national defence will invest $200 million in infrastructure for Canadian armed forces bases and other defence properties across the country,” he said. “The department is using these funds to repair hangers, airfields, jetties, armories and military housing, to make improvements to our infrastructure. 

“This is part of a larger $3.4 billion investment over the next five years to maintain and upgrade federal infrastructure assets and provide services to all Canadians.”

Sajian said Goose Bay provides a unique and challenging training environment to deployed military units around the world. This investment will enable the replacement of ramps east of hangers seven and eight, which he said are essential to NORAD’s flying operations. 

The site survey is expected to begin later this fall, with construction expected to start this time next year and the end date for the project in March of 2018. 

“Improvements to military infrastructure will provide the men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force with the equipment they need to train and operate successfully in the years to come,” Sajian said. “Equally important, infrastructure projects like one provide economic opportunities for area residents and businesses in the region. This announcement reinforces that one of the government of Canada’s top priorities is to keep Canadians safe.”

Happy Valley–Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook attended the announcement and told the minister he was happy with the government’s commitment to CFB Goose Bay.

“We’ve gone over a decade without having the pleasure of meeting a minister of defense and this is the second time I’ve met you this year,” Snook said. “Twelve million dollars for missions such as NORAD and the importance it has for the country certainly sends a strong signal that this is a base for many more years to come.”

When asked about the long-term sustainability and plan for the base, Sajian said since there is a defense review upcoming they cannot look at things in isolation and they need to look at the big picture.

“When we look at operations we need to be sustaining,” he said. “That gives better confidence to the communities as well. You just don’t want to do something and not know how long it’s going to last.” 

He said if something has an operational requirement that is going to lead into the future, that will lead to further partnerships within the communities and the federal government and the military.

 

 Evan.careen@tc.tc

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