Friday, October 19, 2018

MDA Also Presented to the the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance this Month

          By Chuck Black

Brampton ON based MDA Space Missions (a subsidiary of Westminster, CO based Maxar Technologies) group president Mike Greenley made an in-person presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget.

Mike Greenley with Federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains in May 2018. As outlined in the May 30th, 2018 Maxar Technologies press release, "Maxar's MDA Drives Innovation in Support of Canadian Government Space Activities," MDA already receives substantial funding from the Canadian government for its programs. Photo c/o MDA.

According to the meeting transcript, Greenley claimed to be representing "several hundred other Canadian companies today that are engaged in Canada's space industry," likely because of MDA's affiliation with the Don't Let Go Canada advocacy campaign, but spent most of his presentation lobbying for funding for a "third generation Canadarm" to contribute to the US led Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (Lunar Gateway).

The full presentation  is transcribed online on the as part of the October 4th, 2018 FINA Committee Meeting (#173) web page.

Given that MDA stands to profit handsomely should their recommendation to fund a "third generation Canadarm" be accepted by the Federal Liberal government, this blog will be going into that presentation in more detail for our Tuesday edition.

Stay tuned.
Chuck Black.

Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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