Shed a tear for the public treasury on a day when Reuters reports Canada has posted a $22 Billion deficit. A public treasury threadbare at best. A public treasury that demands value for money on all massive government procurement projects. Yet, once again, 'Big Bad Jim' Irving's multi-billion dollar shipbuilding program has been rocked by yet another delay. Hard to believe there will be absolutely no cost implications. But who know what the actual costs on this crazy project will be at the end of the day. Irving ain't divulging, neither is Trudeau. So much for the much-vaunted concept of transparency. This time the delay comes as a result of the controversial decision by the government in letting Irving manage the competition for the design of the ship ('NatPost: Canadian warship project a mess'). With Irving's costs now spiraling from $26 BILLION to a whopping $40 BILLION (almost twice Canada's national deficit !) - - and with whistleblower & national hero Vice-Admiral Mark Norman left twisting in the wind (CBC) - the question is whether Justin Trudeau will instruct his embattled DND Minister Harjit Sajjan to finally trash the entire program in his forthcoming 'Defence Policy Review', which by some curious twist of fate is now expected to focus on personnel instead of equipment (CBC), of all things. Or will Treasury Board President Scott Brison work to make sure that doesn't happen ? And why has everyone's pal 'Big Bad Jim' Irving failed to respond to the critically-important questions posed to him in our letter the other day ? Jim, where are you ? Bermuda ? Transparency, please ! Developing ..