Bungling Canadian fighter jet development: A proud Conservative PM tradition for over 50 years. #AvroArrow #F35 #Dief #Harper
Canadian Military Journal (Vol. 10, Num. 4) (2010) (with bold added):
Debate over the F-35 may make the debate over the NFA/CF-18 pale by comparison. When the dust settled on the CF-18 decision, there was a strong collective sense, both inside and outside of government, both inside and outside of the Department, that the right aircraft had prevailed in the NFA competition. Such a prompt and strong consensus could prove elusive in the case of the F-35, although the Department is convinced that the F-35 is the right choice for myriad reasons. Some issues, such as the merits of one engine versus two, will till familiar territory, but others – most notably those related to price (which is effectively beyond Canada’s control), performance (i.e., a fifth-generation fighter versus 4.5-generation alternatives) and process (not strictly sole-sourcing, but certainly not NFA-style tendering) – could prove somewhat more controversial. The F-35 decision, for example, quickly drew strong endorsements from the National Post and the Globe and Mail, but also drew blistering attacks from Michael Byers and Jeffrey Simpson. From a governmental perspective, criticisms from former Associate Deputy Minister Alan S. Williams over process, and from internationally respected aviation journalist Bill Sweetman over price and performance, could prove somewhat more challenging to deflect.
Thank you National Post, and the Globe and Mail for your steadfast, and reliable defence of Canada’s democracy. You’re rivaled only by Stephen Harper and the fine men and women in charge of the DND.
It’s good of [Andrew] Coyne to finally recognize the clear and present danger to this country’s parliamentary democracy. We have been filling these pages with warnings of such impending events for years.
Be careful, Andrew. Someone will accuse you of being “reactionary” or “hyperbolic”. And I might point out that the people who accused the writers here of those things have not returned to call us what we actually were: right all along.
Who else has been accused of hyperbole when describing the crimes and lies of the Harper government?