Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:59 am Post subject: DND and Industry in Procurement Fight
I don't have the words for how much I hate this kind of BS:
Ottawa Citizen wrote:
A $3-billion Canadian Forces aircraft project has sparked a battle between federal departments over growing concerns that recent military procurements have not created enough domestic jobs...
..."It's about time someone is pushing back against the Defence Department," said Roland Kiehne, president of the Canadian Autoworkers Local 112, which represents 3,300 workers at four major aerospace firms in the Toronto area. "We've seen absolutely no work, no industrial benefits from the money spent so far."...
The Department of National Defense is not a welfare agency. When they set out their requirements and choose equipment, they aim for the best capabilities possible, at the highest quality possibile, for the lowest cost possible. Benefits to Canadian Industry should enter in to the equation only when selecting between multiple options that offer the same capability, quality, and cost, if at all. It is the least that can be done for people risking their lives to protect ours.
To suggest that the senior leadership of the CF, demonstrably some of the most patriotic Canadians around, would purposefully alter capability requirements to exclude Canadian manufacturers is slanderous and shameful, and Kiehne and his ilk are beneath contempt for doing so.
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