Canadian Space Giant is Not For Sale

by Irma Arkus

Announced mere minutes ago is an unprecedented move to block sale of Canadian space technology giant MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Proposed sale of MDA to a US company has been criticised as an underhanded move, endangering Canadian sovereignty. Additionally, Canadian Space Agency has pointed out that technology developed by MDA, including Canadarm, Dextre and the Radarsat-2 technology, has been successfully developed using taxpayers funds, only to be sold to a private US company.

Radarsat-2 technology in particular, is used to protect Canada’s sovereignty over Arctic. Furthermore, MDA satellites are accessed and used by Canadian government at no cost. Loss of these resources would mean increased cost of operations for Canadian government.