TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The sale of Canada's top satellite developer to
an American company that makes land mines and other weapons is in
contravention of the Mine Ban Treaty that Canada signed along with 121 other
governments in 1997, CAW President Buzz Hargrove says.
The CAW is calling on the federal government to block the sale based on
the Mine Ban Treaty which bans the transfer of public money into a company
producing landmines. The treaty bans the export, production, stockpiling and
use of landmines.
"It is unacceptable that the company that developed the Canadarm, with
the support of Canadian tax payers, be sold to an American firm responsible
for the production and proliferation of landmines," said Hargrove. "Canadian
tax payers' dollars shouldn't be sent south to a company that has built its
successes by producing arms used to maim and kill."
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy also indicated today that
he believes the sale contravenes provisions of the treaty, which was signed in
Ottawa during his tenure. The CAW was the first NGO to support the treaty at
that time and has donated several million dollars to landmine removal
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) recently announced it was
selling its satellite and space division to Alliant Techsystems (ATK) of the
United States for $1.325 billion. MDA is the company that makes the Canadarm.
The CAW represents a small group of workers at CAW Locals 112 and 673 who
make the robotic arms and other robotic manipulators, as well as providing
manufacturing, design and administrative support for the space robotic
division in Brampton, Ontario. CAW Local 188 in Montreal also represents
approximately 80 members who work for MDA's Satellite division.
For further information:
For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699; CAW Local 673 President Maria Pinto, (416) 633-7301; CAW Local
112 President Roland Kiehne, (cell) (416) 801-1120