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The point was, if we want to produce military kit like artillery, and tanks here in Canada we need to partner with a company that sees us as a viable place to set-up production.Hey, I'd love to have a factory come in and start pumping out K2's, K9's and K21's for us but sadly your above statement kind of proved my point. "we have GDLS and we make none of those things, because it's not practical to make them in Canada". If we have GDLS here already and they have products they could build if we ordered them but we don't order them (or even absolutely militarily necessary variants of the vehicle lines they
ARE already producing here both for us and for export) then what makes you think the GOC will suddenly see the light and bring in ANOTHER armoured vehicle builder and start ordering these types of vehicles from THEM instead?
GLDS doesn't need/want more Canadian production. I suspect they'd shutter London in a heartbeat if we dropped the LAV platform. My idea was that we should be courting companies that might see a benefit in having production in North America, so it gives them access to the North American market, and means their factories aren't likely to be bombed when they need production.
I also pointed out that it isn't likely but would likely be our best bet if we wanted domestic production.