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Truck contrrct cancelled.

Just three minutes before bids were to be submitted, the government pulled the plug on the $800 million Medium Support Vehicle System project leaving bidders and their partner corporations in the lurch with their bid vehicles already delivered to the testing facility in Nevada.

It was later revealed that the program was cancelled as a result of over 5300 million in additional costs being added to the program without the approval of the Treasury Board. With no way to resolve the resulting financial implication on the bid process, the project was cancelled.

Companies were informed by email that Canada would be in touch regarding the return of their vehicles.

Testing of the trucks was set to conclude in March, with a contract awarded next fall.

With the need for new trucks becoming more urgent with each passing year, it is believed the program could be relaunched with tighter financial barriers and greater control over the project originally announced by the Conservative government in 2006.

The last-minute cancellation has also only served to hid speculation surrounding a new permanent procurement secretariat.

--with files from Blake Hurdis

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Title Annotation:Hits & misses; $800 million Medium Support Vehicle System project
Author:Hurdis, Blake
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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