The snippet below is from a paean to Hllier in the Edmonton Sun an Edmonton based garbage wrapper. So this is the way what is needed is decided!
Of course the military-industrial complex must love Hillier overall since he managed to convince the government that we need more military equipment rather than new hospitals, roads, or bridges. Let's see what boards he joins in the future.
"So never mind the traditional procurement process. Instead, Hillier in effect sketched a wish list on the back of a napkin and handed it to the defence minister. My guess is that this took him all of five minutes. Miraculously, it worked.
That ruffled feathers in a serious way, because by then there was big money at stake -- billions. Corporations such as Lockheed-Martin and Boeing were vying for the right to build aircraft for Canada. Lobbyists for one firm would whisper, anonymously, that Hillier was too friendly with lobbyists from the other. The backbiting was intense. In the end the general shut them all up by persuading the new Harper government to buy from both companies."