Media advisory - Delay in MDA sale good, stopping it would be better, says CAW

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - The CAW is lauding the decision by the federal
government to delay the sale of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates' space and
robotics division to U.S. arms manufacturer Alliant Techsystems (ATK).
    The union is pressing the government to do the right thing and stop the
sale and begin properly funding Canadian space programs.
    Included in the sale would be the Canadarm2, Dextre and RADARSAT-2, for
which MDA received hundreds of millions of dollars of public funding for their
    According to a legal study released by the Rideau Institute and the CAW
this morning, the sale of the MDA's space and robotics division would be
entirely against Canadian interests. The sale also cannot be approved by under
the Investment Canada Act or the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act.
    "It's the role of the government to support leading edge technology
development and ensure that it is protected for the public good," said Carol
Phillips, assistant to CAW president Buzz Hargrove.
    "This sale would be wholly detrimental to the future development of
Canadian technology and technologically advanced jobs at a time we're being
told that the knowledge-based economy is the way of the future," said Dawn
Cartwright, CAW aerospace director. Phillips and Cartwright were on site in
Ottawa today for the release of the legal study.

    The CAW represents MDA workers in Brampton, Ontario and St. Anne de
Bellevue, Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Phillips, (cell) (416) 561-7427; or CAW
Communications: Shannon Devine, (cell) (416) 302-1699

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