September 03, 2018

$5.6M “bidding brouhaha” exposes how Canada’s military ends up with “crap” equipment

David MenziesMission Specialist

A story in the National Post reveals that Canada’s federal government doesn’t think it’s under any obligation to ensure that the military equipment it purchases can actually do the job.


The admission came from evidence in a court case that was the result of a complaint by two defence firms arguing that the government’s decision to award a contract to MDA Software, was unfair.

The bidding brouhaha is over a $5.6M contract to provide search and rescue mission software and the competing companies questioning the government’s decision were stunned when officials admitted that not only did they never test the winning system but they didn’t know whether it actually met Canadian Forces or Canadian Coast Guard requirements.

What could possibly go wrong?

But, if the feds have indeed bought a pig in a poke, this wouldn’t be the first time that those serving in the military have been hung out to dry thanks to crap equipment.

The real take-away from Public Services and Procurement Canada’s admission though is that even when it comes to potentially life-saving technology, apparently the feds can’t be bothered to take the time to test-drive the stuff!

Comments
You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2018-09-07 20:30:45 -0400
MIKE LAVIGNE commented 4 days ago
Wat about all the frigates built in the 90’s that were designed to accommodate the EH101s that the Chretien government canned? Our troops are still flying the Sea Kings which are older than any of their crew members.


Actually Mike I have good news. They may still be using Sea Kings on the west coast (actually the whole UK fleet still uses Sea Kings)…but I have seen it with my own disbelieving eyes just three days ago a rapelling exercise on Sou’West Island in the mouth of Saint Margaret’s Bay Nova Scotia…using brand new helicopters…if we hadn’t been looking at the time we would have missed it….because you wouldn’t believe just how quiet these new babies are. Saw them from one mile distance with good 8x binoculars.
commented 2018-09-04 19:00:53 -0400
You could add in the EH-101 helicopter that was purchased to replace the aging Sea Kings we were using (which required about 40 hours of maintenance for every hour of flight & had to have parts specially made because they were no longer in production). When the Chrétien Liberals got elected they spent billions in penalties canceling the project, spent about a decade finally deciding on a replacement (while 6 people died in Sea King crashes) & finally buying a scaled down version of the helicopter they canceled. So pay more & get less (eventually) is considered a win for these people.
commented 2018-09-04 11:39:40 -0400
Trudeau and his father will go down in history as the biggest con artist’s that Canada has ever known.
Unfortunately their are still morons out there, who will still vote Liberal….Just like Daddy did.
commented 2018-09-04 09:03:40 -0400
PAUL TAYLOR commented 2 hours ago
For the last 50+ years our government has short changed the Canadian Armed Forces, yet the scum sucking politicians expect these young men and women to go into conflicts with junk equipment. This is criminal.
________________________________________________________________________________
I often question why our young men and women would join up to be able bodied cannon fodder for those who despise them in the first place.
commented 2018-09-04 06:41:54 -0400
There are quite a few military contractors today who ignore Canadian Government bids, especially on heavy equipment. The last three Canadian defense programs went nowhere. Millions of dollars in contractor development costs were lost because the Canadian government couldn’t make up it’s mind on what they actually wanted so the programs stalled and eventually domestic contractors just walked away. Renault (French) got the second last program because there was no one else.

The Canadian Forces operate with antiquated and poorly maintained equipment. Their PPE is 30 years behind the times, Light weapons are hand me downs from the US. I think we have 5 or 6 F-18’s that actually fly. Our navy is using WWII era boats. For the last 50+ years our government has short changed the Canadian Armed Forces, yet the scum sucking politicians expect these young men and women to go into conflicts with junk equipment. This is criminal.
commented 2018-09-04 06:41:54 -0400
There are quite a few military contractors today who ignore Canadian Government bids, especially on heavy equipment. The last three Canadian defense programs went nowhere. Millions of dollars in contractor development costs were lost because the Canadian government couldn’t make up it’s mind on what they actually wanted so the programs stalled and eventually domestic contractors just walked away. Renault (French) got the second last program because there was no one else.

The Canadian Forces operate with antiquated and poorly maintained equipment. Their PPE is 30 years behind the times, Light weapons are hand me downs from the US. I think we have 5 or 6 F-18’s that actually fly. Our navy is using WWII era boats. For the last 50+ years our government has short changed the Canadian Armed Forces, yet the scum sucking politicians expect these young men and women to go into conflicts with junk equipment. This is criminal.
commented 2018-09-04 01:53:52 -0400
Mike Lavigne they should hover one of those choppers over Parliament building in Ottawa every day for an hour or so until they get some new ones.
commented 2018-09-03 21:30:49 -0400
Proof positive that Trudeau is a traitor to his Country, he would rather give free handouts to his Terrorist friends than look after Canada’s armed forces.

They shoot traitors…….Don’t They?
commented 2018-09-03 19:41:33 -0400
and MDA software is a firm based in India! http://www.mdasoft.in. Can’t we find any Canadian or at least North American firm to do this?
commented 2018-09-03 19:25:00 -0400
Why is there no system of accountability in Canada? Oh ya, ethics commission. $50 fine for taking $1 million in bribes. Good thing
commented 2018-09-03 18:45:34 -0400
Wat about all the frigates built in the 90’s that were designed to accommodate the EH101s that the Chretien government canned? Our troops are still flying the Sea Kings which are older than any of their crew members.
commented 2018-09-03 18:29:39 -0400
Treason and LPC go hand in hand !
commented 2018-09-03 18:09:11 -0400
so the liberals will do better on defence like they do better on everything else. only ones that would say so would be the media. two lying twits in a pod.