That said, Minister McKay and co-horts have once again decided to go outside the country to purchase a significant amount of Military equipment as most of us know. Many are asking why? And rightfully so in my opinion.
From a Green Party release;
"Although Minister MacKay denies the shipbuilding contracts were destined for off-shore bidders, his denials were contradicted by Public Works Minister Christian Paradis who previously suggested that if Canadian built vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard were too expensive, he would buy them elsewhere, threatening thousands of Atlantic jobs. Meanwhile, MacKay has promised funding for Canadian shipbuilding, but he has fallen short of actually committing to building the required naval and coast guard vessels in Canada. Especially in the context of the economic downturn, these contracts must remain in Canada.
"Economic stimulus starts with spending taxpayers' dollars on made-in-Canada
purchases," said Ms. May. "We were promised a more responsible approach from
the government but it continues to export the good jobs in return for
As if carrying on this way isn't bad enough when times are good, these people forge ahead doling out contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to foreign companies when we have the capacity to build these things here. Public Works Minister Christian Paradis also deserves due recognition here. He says if it costs to much to build them here, he would buy them elsewhere. Hasn't Minister Paradis heard of economic spin off? Or is that too complicated a concept? We have all heard of situations where governments, both federal and provincial allot large sums for questionable pet projects on the basis of economic spin off and not much else. Projects that haven't a hope in a warm place of making money on the strength of the project, yet they are justified by virtue of the overall benefit to surrounding communities. Well, duh!
The release above also talks briefly about the recent decision on the trucks for the Military. They don't go into much detail, but a consideration worth noting is that Trucks to be used for general purpose aren't all that difficult to build. A great number of the components are sourced from OEM manufacturers, such as International engines, and borg warner transmissions. Frames can be custom built in just about any fabrication facility worth it's salt and Cabs, wheels, electrical components etc. can also be sourced if a facility isn't set up to manufacture such things. Technical ability is no problem, and facilities abound. So Peter McKay of the Clan McKay really and truly hasn't much justification for his decisions affecting the big money. Except of course, big money.