I have some pictures of wounded and destroyed Canadian and allied vehicles (LAV3 and RG31's) and I ask the simple question... "what would happen if we let bureaucrats make the decisions over life and death?"
It may sounds harsh but that's the reality.
Vehicles are not picked because they are the best or offer the best protection or even if they are the right vehicle for the job....
They are picked for what Canadian jobs can be made, what political influence the company has with the current government, what deals and even what corruption can politicians and bureaucrats get for their purchase and many times the decision is not even based in reality.
When equipment is purchased in this way people die.
The upgraded armour on the LAV3 saved lives, the purchase of the RG31 and RG33 has saved lives and yes even the purchase of the Gwagen saved lives... all with zero bureaucrats and simply the military brass demanding that we as soldiers get protection.
It's the way it should be.