donation to the war effort
because you are our friend/ally, you can buy from Washington, AND we'll only charge you 5% commission
U.S. rules hampering Canada arms purchases: paper
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's plan to buy C$17 billion ($15 billion) worth of military equipment, much of it from Boeing Corp., is running into problems because of U.S. restrictions on who is allowed access to top-secret information, the Globe and Mail said on Thursday.
The newspaper cited a document written by a senior official at the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) which said the U.S. requirements posed an "unmanageable problem."
The problem involves U.S. rules which prevent some dual nationals -- including those from China, Cuba and Vietnam -- from working on military projects that involve U.S. technology.
Canada, one of the few major countries still seeking large scale immigration, has many dual nationals and says the U.S. requirements are unconstitutional.
"DND's recent defense procurement announcements of C$17 billion could be negatively impacted by the dual-national ... requirement," the official wrote.
Ottawa says Boeing Co is the front-runner to supply C$8.1 billion worth of heavy-lift aircraft and helicopters which Canada is seeking to buy. Boeing is also in the running for a separate C$4.9 billion purchase of smaller tactical cargo planes.
Federal officials told the newspaper that Canada might be forced to buy the U.S. equipment directly from Washington, which would take a 5 percent commission to order the planes and then send them north.
No one from the Department of National Defense was immediately available for comment
I think the same dual nationality citizens would be working on the equipment no matter where it was purchased from.
Talk of continental (US)missile defense in the Canadian Senate now, I hope they remember this.
Smells like a rip off.