I think that it's a shame that the government is willing to destroy the M113 fleet instead of offering them to military vehicle collectors first. Owning a military vehicle is not illegal in Canada but collectors never get a chance to buy a Canadain military armoured vehicle because of the policy that calls for them to be cut up and sold as scrap. At least give us a chance to buy the vehicles before destroying them.
Here's the email that I sent to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada.
Minister Ambrose, I’d like to call your attention to a situation that is a little troubling. I see that the Ministry of Public Works and Government Services Canada, which controls Crown Assets Distribution, is scrapping the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier fleet. While I understand that these vehicles are old and have out-lived their service life, but I think that it is a shame that they will be cut up and disposed of instead of offering them for sale to military vehicle collectors first. Collectors would be happy to pay for these vehicles and the government may actually get more for them then if they were cut up and scrapped. Owning a military vehicle is not illegal in Canada but because vehicles like these are destroyed instead of offered for sale to collectors which makes it difficult to impossible for Canadian collectors to have Canadian vehicles. Britain offers their surplus military vehicles for sale to collectors, including armoured vehicles and even tanks (http://www.mod-sales.com/).
Our M113 vehicles have served Canada well over the last few decades and they are part of our military heritage. I can remember training on them here in Canada and using them in the Balkans during our U.N. mission there. Please give military vehicle collectors the chance at buying at least some of these vehicles so that we can preserve them.
I see that Great Britain is selling off a bunch of vehicles. Here's a partial list: COLLECTORS VEHICLES inc. FV 432 APC, FV 434, Centurion ARV, Chinese APC reference vehicle, Springer Buggy Etc.
Large Quantity of CVRT, Ferret, Saracen, Saladin, Centurion, Chieftain Etc. ARMOURED VEHICLE SPARES inc. Engines, Transmissions Etc.
Too bad Canadians can't buy Canadian vehicles.