Put the head office in Montreal and you will have a dealCHILD54
Ok you got me thinking. I feel maybe I'm too hard on your ideas. I do think you have your heart in place. So on my drive home I thought what would work. Here I am going with the idea that Canada wants a home grown or at least home control over some equipment.
First I'm going to approach this from industrial side. I'm going assume the government is in agreement and actively supporting this industrial policy.
Ok here is my totally crazy plan to build Canada Land Systems Inc. First CLS Inc will need cash flow at the start. CLS Inc will need its own or good access to IP. We can't start as an R&D or prototype shop. Short of buying GD or BAE what is out there? My target is Arquus. That is the military business of AB Volvo. Arquus is mostly the Renault truck defence business with Volvos and few other plants. So why do I pick this? One Volvo was shopping it a couple years ago. Had no takers because of companies interested are all defence companies that would have had competitive issues. So they kept it. Second reason they are the current supplier of the CAF MSVS trucks. There are branded Mack but Mack is a Volvo brand. That would give our new company revenue in Canada with the sustainment contract. Also as we are dealing with Volvo we have them throw in their Canadian problem child Nova Bus division. This gives us two North American plants with work forces. One in Saint-Eustache QC and Plattsburgh NY. (Shhh secret they're for sale don't say anything) It will also give CLS Inc a civilian product line but with government buyers.
This idea has a capital heavy option where CLS buys all of Arquus and the gets the IP and European (French) plants or Capital light where you buy just the North American stuff. And go into agreement with Volvo for the IP and use of their dealer and supply chain and technology example Volvo Penta engines etc.
Problem on the heavy capital side is the French government who knows what they will want. But put that aside for now.
On the Canada government side they will have to be in agreement and do stuff they have not done. But model it somewhat on the shipbuilding but start after the competition. Or Colt Canada special agreement. So CLS is the single source for land equipment from trucks, Jeeps types up to the LAVs. (Give GDLS-C another LAV contract to keep them happy. Like LAV Air defence and some other things.)
So now CLS will start be producing the LSVW then the HLVW replacements moving on to the G Wagon LUVW replacement and at the same time many other equipment projects. With access to Volvo's products like contruction, Penta, European military, Volvo and Mack lines the CHER program can be also run through CLS.
There I have put the CLS Inc. together for you. Got a Billion?
By the time the Tank replacement and/or other fighting vehicles come up for bid CLS has a good shot. And you run a competition. CLS v GDLS v Hyndai Rotem etc.
If CLS go all in and purchases all of Arquus and Mack defence North Amerca you have a strong basis to get workd wide contracts. Need a good supply agreement and/or JV still with Volvo here. But that maybe work able. Volvo is still looking for cash right now to fund electrification of their remaining product lines. Because they could not sell Arquus they sold UD in Japan instead to Nissan.
In reality it breaks all the government procurement procedures, laws and trade agreements. Also an agreement that the Canadian government underwrites the deal and give the IP package that sovereign protection.