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Polygonic: Omnishambles: the Brits dump the F35s

It’s contagious

The Brits have made just as big a dog’s dinner out of the F35 file as the Harperites have.

Whereas Canadians are fond of the word “boondoggle” to describe the government’s hopeless mismanagement of money and priority, the term in the UK right now is “omnishambles.” Both are beautiful in their own special . . . → Read More: Polygonic: Omnishambles: the Brits dump the F35s

The Equivocator: Vigilantes and Mercenaries: The Harper Government and the Abdication of Responsibility

With the revelation that Minister Peter MacKay failed to ask many of the obvious/necessary questions when working on the F-35 procurement, the subject of basic ministerial/government responsibility has been weighing heavily on my mind as of late.

When I listen to/discuss politics with my friends who are more libertarian-leaning conservatives, they argue that the government . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Vigilantes and Mercenaries: The Harper Government and the Abdication of Responsibility

Polygonic: The Coyne chrysalis

‎”This isn’t about the planes, in other words, or costs, or accounting. This is about accountability. This is is about whether departments are answerable to their ministers, and whether ministers are answerable to Parliament — or whether billions of public dollars can be appropriated without the informed consent of either Parliament or the public… And . . . → Read More: Polygonic: The Coyne chrysalis

Polygonic: MacKay: We’re just as dodgy with our accounting as Sponsorship-era Liberals

Duhhhhr! Ooonnggg… errrrggg….

Out of the mouths of babes.

It’s been an awkward delight watching Conservative spinmeisters trot out Plan A through Plan W in their Catalogue of Flimsy Excuses over the F-35 affair. Blaming bureaucrats didn’t cut it, even blaming the other parties hasn’t cut it. One waits with bated breath for . . . → Read More: Polygonic: MacKay: We’re just as dodgy with our accounting as Sponsorship-era Liberals

eaves.ca: Here’s a prediction: A Canadian F-35 will be shot down by a drone in 2035

One of the problems with living in a country like Canada is that certain people become the default person on certain issues. It’s a small place and the opportunity for specialization (and brand building) is small, so you can expect people to go back to the same well a fair bit on certain issues. I . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Here’s a prediction: A Canadian F-35 will be shot down by a drone in 2035

centerandleft: Why the F-35 Scandal Matters

If the 65 F-35 fighter jets are purchased by the Canadian Government, they will cost Canadians $25 billion dollars over a span of 20 years. Minister of Defense Peter Mackay has argued the jets price tag is closer to $9 billion, contrary to the findings of government watchdogs. What he has apparently forgotten, whether purposely . . . → Read More: centerandleft: Why the F-35 Scandal Matters

Blunt Objects: It’s not that Elizabeth May is Right. It’s that she’s Wrong.

I find this HuffPo article by Green Party Leader/MP Elizabeth May to be hilariously silly.

The post essentially claims that the Lockheed Martin F-35 jets are “useless” to Canadians and our country’s military, and that aside from the procurement and some of the development being a huge doonboggle (which it absolutely is), it’s not the . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: It’s not that Elizabeth May is Right. It’s that she’s Wrong.

JimBobby Sez: Power & Politics & Parody – Harper Answers F-35 Questions

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I spent a little time putting words into ol’ King Steve’s mouth. In this episode, “Kevin” Solomon hears how those who question the PM on the F-35 deal are enemies of freedom & enemies of Canada. . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: Power & Politics & Parody – Harper Answers F-35 Questions

JimBobby Sez: Power & Politics & Parody – Harper Answers F-35 Questions

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I spent a little time putting words into ol’ King Steve’s mouth. In this episode, “Kevin” Solomon hears how those who question the PM on the F-35 deal are enemies of freedom & enemies of Canada.