Friday, March 27, 2009

What really should be the last word on FWSAR and Canadian jobs

These idiotic remarks by a union boss really got my blood boiling the other day:

"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."

Generally when I'm that upset, it's best to just hold my tongue. In this case, I'm really glad I did, because MCG at shut down that line of attack far more eloquently and politely than I would have:

...this issue in particular is not about the needs of the military taking precedence. This is Search and Rescue. It is the safety of the Canadian Public which we are suggesting should take precedence. We should not take risks with the lives of Canadian citizens by accepting an inadequate aircraft for the sake of appeasing Canadian industry.

DND is not “looking to make sure a foreign-built plane wins this contract." DND does want to ensure the aircraft meets Canada’s Search and Rescue requirements across the country. I don’t think we should be sacrificing Canadian lives to create Canadian jobs. The lives are so much more valuable. [Babbler's emphasis]

Brilliant. I quite literally could not have said it any better.


Blogger Dwayne said...

In a newspaper to day Gen. Watt answered back, although in a gentle manner, to the complaints from various sources on the FWSAR competition.

The thing that burns me, is the lack of understanding of the procurement process here in Canada. Some of these Union folks would do well to read about how we tie the hands of foreign firms by demanding dollar for dollar spending when a contract is finalized. I think this is one issue that no one talks about.

Gen. Watt's story

Industry Canada Website info

So, I don't understand this line in the sand story from Industry Canada... all major procurement makes the bidder jump through hoops that, as a major corporation I would normally want to avoid. Think about all the work a company has to go through to find Canadian Industries to partner with, to have to give contacts to at a dollar for dollar level, and all of problems that will now start occurring with the new administrations cross border security policies.

10:39 a.m., March 28, 2009  

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