Defence Minister MacKay: Stop Risking Our Troops' Lives

  • by: Gail Gammon
  • target: Conservative Defence Minister Peter MacKay

A U.S. Congressional investigation has uncovered 1800 cases of counterfeit military equipment, putting the lives of American and Canadian Armed Forces at serious risk.

Millions of tonnes of trashed electronics are shipped to China from North America every year for recycling. But many of the components are being "re-manufactured" and sold to the U.S. military as new products.

According to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee's findings, the bogus goods had a "high failure rate with potentially catastrophic results".

Yet, Julian Fantino, Canada's Associate Defense Minister, shrugged off the Senate Committee's warning. Fantino's lack of concern is disturbing, considering that Canada's military uses the same defence contractors as the U.S. Let the Defence Ministry know that putting our troops' lives at risk by ignoring clear warnings is grossly negligent.

To: National Defence Minister Peter MacKay
     Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino
     Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose

We strongly urge you to take the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee's warning on counterfeit military equipment seriously.

Canada's Defence Ministry should be extremely concerned about the likelihood that the safety of Canada's military equipment has been compromised by fake products and, at the very least, investigate the allegations instead of dismissing the Committee's findings out-of-hand.

Soldiers from whom Canada asks the Supreme Sacrifice deserve better than the reckless disregard for their safety the Defence Ministry has shown so far.

Thank you.

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