http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/05/14/ice-breaker.htmlTories may scrap plan for new icebreakers
The six smaller boats proposed by the military appear to be less ice-capable, but much less expensive, as well.
"Much of the ice is starting to melt and the shipping season in the Arctic is getting longer and longer," said Pierre LeBlanc, the former commander of Canadian Forces in the North. "But nevertheless we should have a capability to operate in our Arctic waters all year round."
The icebreakers were one Con promise I liked.... c'est la vie...