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Canadian industry could with time and money design build anything in the air below a fighter or very large transport. On land anything below a MBT. On the seas anything but a SK/SSN and Aircraft carrier.I definitely class the Halifax's as a warship with a focus on ASW.
Considering the majority of causality in Ukraine are coming from artillery the Ford based light armoured vehicles (lets call then VLAV's) do make a difference and in their case supplement the BMP's and M113's. These VLAV's will fill similar roles as did the armoured CMP in WWII, Sigs, ambulances, CP, route security, etc. When you are either the US or your Canada with one barely equipped Brigade, you can then use LAV's for everything. but when you have an army of several hundred thousands of troops on a tight budget and high loss rate, then you need every armoured vehicle you can get your hands onto. The armoured vehicle in your hand now is worth more than a vague promise of something better in the future. the reality is Canada could not expand it's army without using VLAV's to fill the gaps ans we don't have the capacity to ramp up LAV production to expand and support/replace losses of our current fleet.
But the really kicker here is that its Canada and the whole US and western supply chain and knowledge base is mostly open to us. Yes some really cutting edge stuff is off the table.
So you want a tank......GD will built it in Canada for a price. You want a 6 gen fighter, BAE will let you onboard the Tempest now. ETC.