Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

May 24, 2013 13:00 ET

Harper Government Awards Bus Contract for Canadian Armed Forces to Winnipeg Company

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - May 24, 2013) - Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Status of Women, and the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, QC, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, today announced the award of a contract to Motor Coach Industries Inc., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, to provide four highway cruiser buses to transport Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel at bases in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.

"We know that Canadians want their tax dollars to support Canadian jobs and encourage economic growth," said Ms. Bateman. "Today's announcement is good for our Canadian Armed Forces, good for Canadian jobs and good for Winnipeg."
Under the contract, Motor Coach Industries will assemble the highway cruisers at its Winnipeg facility, which has 900 employees. The highway cruiser is made up of more than 15,000 parts.

"The Government will continue to work with Canadian companies to support innovation and high-quality jobs," said Minister Ambrose. "With this contract, we are using Canadian know-how to provide these vehicles to the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces."

Two of the cruisers will replace older vehicles that have exceeded their operational life at CAF bases in Shilo, Manitoba and Wainwright, Alberta and the other two will be sent to bases in Kingston and Meaford in Ontario.

"This announcement supports our commitment to ensuring our Canadian Armed Forces' personnel have the equipment they need to do the work we ask of them," said Minister Findlay. "At the same time, I am happy to see another example of how our investments in military equipment are creating jobs and economic growth across Canada."

The cruisers, which seat 55 passengers, will support bases and units in the day-to-day training for domestic and operational commitments and long distance travel of troops. The contract, valued at $2.2 million, includes options for another six buses.

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