The Disaffected Lib: Is It Time to Skewer Harper With the F-35 Fiasco?

Probably the question should be whether Mulcair or Trudeau have the political acumen to bloody Stephen Harper over his blunders and deceit in Canada’s F-35 saga. We know now that Harper’s obsessive drive for a single source procurement on a “buy before you fly basis” was insanely reckless.  Harper owes a profound debt of gratitude ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Harper’s Fiscal Ineptitude

Since the story has been covered in the mainstream press, and The Sixth Estate has done his usual fine and thorough job of analyzing its implications, I have nothing to add to the tale of the missing $3 billion from the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism (PSAT) Initiative. Not only does the story further erode the ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada’s Worst Government Body: Board of Internal Economy

The governing body of the House of Commons continues to fail Canadians on the important questions of transparency and oversight.  In his recent report, Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, called for more transparency. But board  has “further limited public transparency over its secret meetings and decisions.” It meets in camera. Parliamentary code phrase for “secret”. The Board ...

Impolitical: Languages shmanguages

Today in Harper government infractions: “Ottawa blâmé par le commissaire aux langues officielles.” Le gouvernement Harper n’a pas respecté la Loi sur les langues officielles en nommant l’anglophone unilingue Michael Ferguson au poste névralgique de vérificateur général, révèle un rapport du commissaire aux langues officielles obtenu en exclusivité par La Presse. «Le Bureau du Conseil ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: The F-35 Boondoggle

I know we’ve been over this ground before, but remind me again… why does Canada even need this heinously expensive new class of fighter jet at all? What possible military threat are we defending ourselves from? Seriously. What is the point? Aside from the absurdity of ploughing something like $30 billion into a high-tech gizmo ...

LeDaro: F-35 Fiasco: Auditor General’s Report

“The Conservative government would have known that the F-35 was estimated to cost $25 billion when the Defence Department provided Parliament with a $14.7-billion figure in the weeks before the last federal election, Auditor General Michael Ferguson said Thursday.” Read more  here.

Politics and its Discontents: The F-35 Debacle: Will There Be Fallout?

Not counting this post, in the past year I have written nine times on the F-35 jet controversy. I point this out, not to claim any particular perspicacity on the subject, (many others have written much more and in much greater detail than I have) but only to demonstrate how obvious to anyone with even ...