Well, this bites. “Canada has a choice when it comes to defending our sovereignty in the Arctic: either we use it or we lose it,” Mr. Harper said. “Make no mistake; this government intends to use it.”
Creekside: SPP : Selling sovereignty for profit
From David Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen :
“Sometime in the next few weeks, Canada’s leading space technology firm will pass into American hands and, potentially, the ‘top secret’ files of the Pentagon. Critics fear millions of dollars of taxpayer investment, a significant number of high-tech jobs, our Arctic sovereignty and our international reputation in space research will also vanish.”
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Canada’s largest space company, is selling off its space assets including Canadarm and the $524-million taxpayer-funded Radarsat-2 satellite to Alliant Technosystems Inc (ATK), because – get this! – the new CEO at MDA has determined that there is more money to be made for its shareholders providing data packages to real estate agents!