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Critics Angry After Canadian Military Contract Heads to U.S.

6/9/2012

Tempers are flaring after two London companies were denied a $1.25 billion contract with the Canadian Military building armoured vehicles.

London Machinery Inc and General Dynamics Systems Canada were both up for the long term project which could last 25 years.

The government instead awarded the job to the Canadian division of Textron Systems.

And critics are speaking out.

Local MP Irene Mathyssen says she is appalled and it makes no sense to take the investment out of the country.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said it was a slap in the face.

Lewenza said it shows a lack of sensitivity to the manufacturing job losses in the area.

The vehicles will be built in Louisiana instead of London.

But Textron says the job will still have economic spinoffs for Canada - seven other Canadian firms will act as suppliers.

 


 

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