I know this may sound groundless, and this truly is my own personal opinion.
The CEO & senior management of Bombardier, in my opinion, should be metaphorically burned at the stake. Screw them for taking what was once a Canadian icon, and driving it into the ground.
There's a ton of examples, too many to list here. But how can you manage to drive a company to near bankruptcy, multiple times - only to be bailed out by massive government bailouts - and still drive it into the ground??
How hard is it to build rail cars? This shouldn't be a troubled division. This should be a streamlined division & a well oiled machine at this point. We aren't asking them to build flying subway trains using negative gravity...we're asking them to build technology from the 1960's, on tracks that were laid around the same time. How can it be this challenging after 60yrs?
I realize the Canadian government isn't a huge buyer of aircraft. 16 SAR planes here, 4 Twin Otters there, etc etc. Occassionally, a decently big guy of F-18's or C-130's - but overall, the CAF isn't a huge or consistent customer of aircraft.
That being said...one of the nice things about our complete inability to purchase anything quickly outside of a UOR is that industry has LOTS OF LEAD TIME, and know exactly what we are looking for when we do decide to purchase. (Relatively speaking.)
Again...how hard is it to take an aircraft that meets the performance specs, and modify it with a rear ramp & SAR features? Since Brazil, Spain, Ireland, and a few other countries are purchasing the C-295 -- that's an aircraft Bombardier could have had a competitor for, but couldn't be bothered.
Just frustrates me as a Canadian to see a Canadian icon managed so poorly that it's dying an unnecessary death...and the management of the company don't seem to be held accountable, despite our tax dollars bailing them out repeatedly. (Tax dollars they also used to give themselves bonuses...