Ques­tions raised about army tent con­tract headed to Trudeau cab­i­net

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

The Trudeau govern­ment will soon be asked to de­cide on a $400 mil­lion pro­ject to sup­ply the mil­i­tary with new, mo­bile head­quar­ters tents, but ques­tions have been raised about one of the com­peti­tors, which re­cently hired a for­mer of­fi­cer who helped draw up re­quire­ments for new equip­ment in the army.

For­mer lieu­tenant-colonel Greg Bur­ton was the di­rec­tor of land re­quire­ments un­til Novem­ber of last year and, says Na­tional De­fence, his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded a role in the de­vel­op­ment of the spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the head­quar­ters shel­ter sys­tem pro­ject, a claim Bur­ton dis­putes. One month af­ter his de­par­ture, he be­came the se­nior di­rec­tor of strate­gic busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at DEW En­gi­neer­ing, which is among four bid­ders on the pro­gram.

The one-year post-em­ploy­ment re­stric­tion says for­mer of­fi­cers with the rank of lieu­tenant-colonel and above may not “ac­cept em­ploy­ment with an ex­ter­nal en­tity or in­di­vid­ual with which the per­son had sig­nif­i­cant of­fi­cial deal­ings at any time dur­ing the last year of their DND em­ploy­ment of (Cana­dian Armed Forces) ser­vice,'' or give ad­vice to a new em­ployer us­ing in­for­ma­tion that is not pub­licly avail­able.

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