Not a member of the Canadian Forces nor am I even a resident of that nation. But I've several friends. The issue here is that most of the equipment that the Canadian military has is completely outdated and work out. Mostly because there is no political will to purchase replacement equipment. In times past the military has had serious issues keeping tired on their vehicles because everything is so old that they can't get replacement tires for them. They've slowly had to cannibalize their small fleet of jet fighters over the years because they can't get the government to authorize replacement air craft. Hell... in 2012 the crew of the HMCS Victoria made history for making their sub marine successfully fire. That's right... the sub is in such poor shape they've never been able to get it to WORK.
Of course I do realize that the entire reason for this new weapons system is to at least get better rifles into the hands of the soldiers up there. I just don't think it'll ever get through the politicized purchasing process.