Tories set to announce $15 billion in politically acceptable defence spending

The first project, set to be announced in Halifax on Monday, will be the selection of a builder for the navy’s three new joint support ships. The $2.8 billion program was started under the former Liberal government.

A consortium led by General Dynamics Canada is thought to be leading contender and is expected to place much of the work at the Davie Shipyard in Quebec, a province where the Tories hope to make political gains. Halifax-based Irving Shipyard could also benefit from the project.