Canada to sell helicopters to Philippines

The Canadian government has agreed to sell eight Canadian-built Bell 412 helicopters to the Philippines armed forces in a deal worth more than $100 million. The first of the helicopters will be delivered next year (David Pugliese, “Philippines Military To Buy Canadian Helicopters–Delivery of Bell 412s To Begin Next Year,” Ottawa Citizen, 26 March 2014).

Philippines Defence Undersecretary Fernando Manalo made no effort to downplay the helicopters’ military use, describing them as “combat utility” aircraft.

Manalo told reporters in the Philippines that between this deal and another $420 million contract for fighter jets with Korea, their armed forces will have “the minimum capability to demonstrate their ability to perform their responsibilities.”

Paul Dewar, the NDP’s foreign affairs critic, condemned the absence of communication from the Canadian government regarding the contract and other recently military export sales, commenting that such sales are now “shrouded in secrecy.”

“This has been made public in the Philippines,” he said. “If it’s good for the economy or jobs then great, let’s see the deal. There’s no reason not to have full disclosure on this.”

Dewar said the federal government has been lagging on providing data to Parliament about Canadian arms exports. “It would take them a couple of keystrokes to give Parliament and Canadians the latest data on what our military exports have been,” he said. “It’s a matter of transparency and whether the government wants to be transparent in the area of arms exports.”

The Canadian Commercial Corporation, which was instrumental in a recent $10 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, is facilitating the transaction. Both the Canadian Commercial Corporation and Bell Helicopters of Montreal have yet to comment on the deal.

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5 Responses to “Canada to sell helicopters to Philippines”

  1. JocelynApril 2, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Harper is a war monger, an environmental terrorist, a dictator, a lying snivelling wimp and not even our legal prime minister since the Supreme Court ruled that electoral fraud had indeed occurred during the previous election. That makes the results of that election void, so why is is still in office. If that is not enough reason to get him out, then the Senate scandals and his recorded reactions and self-contradictory statements should be sufficient t remove him from office.

  2. markottawaApril 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    The Bell 412 is in fact a civilian helicopter that can be used in a military “utility” role–the RCAF’s Ch-146 Griffon is a version. The aircraft can carry light weapons, e.g. machine guns–which were installed in some of our Griffons for Afstan service. The 412 also looks likely to be selected for the civilian Canadian Coast Guard:


  3. Douglas JackApril 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Since the European invasion of 1534 (Cartier’s abduction & kidnapping of 1st nation people) Canada has been a world leader per capita in arms sales worldwide. We’re actively involved in destabilization of over 80 nations worldwide through our extractive-exploitive mining & forestry sectors through paramilitary, arming goons etc. We barely recycle any of the resources which we appropriate. Our garbage dumps & streets on garbage day have greater concentration of mineral & materials than most primary virgin sources. Being colonial in organization, we don’t know how to work with nature or collaborate among ourselves, so weapons, munitions & security sales form 40% of Canadian export economy. Have no illusions, until Canada learns about how to live according to ‘indigenous’ (Latin ‘self-generating’) practices of peace & abundance we will continue to act as the worst per capita exploiters of the world in lock-step with the USA & NATO. Learn about your own indigenous ancestors, denied to you in our institutions. We were originally welcomed by 1st Nations & only spat in their faces.

  4. toby dentApril 1, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    For sure Harper will not divulge his weapons deals because they make him look like an amoral dealer who sells weapons, depleted uranium, reactors etc etc to anyone who has the $$$. Where exactly does this $$$ go I’d like to know. Do you know? This may be a good way to get Harper out of office before the election and take his weapons henchmen with him. Canada is now a weapons proliferator when it has a great tradition as peace keeper. Harper is truly evil. Perhaps we can relieve him of his duties.

    • dimitriApril 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

      That’s right toby, he’s a snake in the grass, doing things when we’re not looking. The day won’t come soon enough when we’re rid of him and his coterie. He’s obviously taking his lessons of governance from our megalomaniac neighbours to the south.

      Remember the posters of obama in washed out 3 colours, that said “hope” and “change” at the top and bottom? What a farce that was. Well, for the coming election, we should have the ever-half-smiling harper in the same motif, but it would say “trust” and “evil”!

      As long as the money rolls in, this gov-without-a-conscience doesn’t give a damn. Most recently, they want to slash 36 billion from health care in the next ten years! With all the profits made from arms sales and the filthy tar sands industry, the evil mr. harper will be able to spend more public money on bomber jets and war plans. This is totally sickening!

      He has taken over the helm of the good ship Canada, and has directed it towards the Niagara falls, with the same designs of shameless supremacy and invulnerabilty as the americans, who are going seriously broke (17 trillion), and need to perpetuate wars to stay ahead of the curve.

      To all of you who care; please take the time to check out the PNAC document if you want to understand what is really going on.