They’re all out to get us
The Prime Minister explains opposition concerns to the F-35 purchase during a radio interview today, a transcript of which was distributed to the press gallery this afternoon by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Liberals know full well that they endorse this approach, and now to satisfy their allies in the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois, they are doing something that simply is not in the interest of Canadian taxpayers, not in the interests of Canadian industry, and certainly not in the interest of the men and women in the Canadian Air Force…
Everything they do is to appeal, in this case, to the anti-military types that are in the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois. It’s all part of the coalition that they want to put together, hopefully … in their mind, hopefully after the next election, and it is just a blatant attempt to appeal to that element of the Canadian spectrum, and do it in a way that is simply not in the interests of Canada.
The above is a blog post from MacLean’s.ca. As Mr. Wherry explains, the Prime Minister is addressing the issue of Canada purchasing sixty-five Lockheed F-35 stealth fighter jets at a cost of Nine billion dollars.
At issue, is the fact that all three opposition parties have been criticizing the Government for this purchase because there was no competition for the contract. Apparently, no other aircraft were even considered. Apparently, various Canadian companies will benefit from the contract but it does not appear at the moment that there was anything untoward in this. Mr. Harper claims the F-35s are necessary to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18 jets and that they are essential for Canada’s defense of the Far North.
So what the opposition parties, specifically the Liberal Party have been doing, is attempting to hold the Harper government accountable for the unusual behaviour of not seeking bids for the replacement aircraft and why the F-35 specifically was chosen. In addition, they want to know why Parliament was not consulted around this major purchase. So essentially, they are doing their jobs.
But judging by the above on-air tirade from the Prime Minister, it seems he has little interest in accounting for his government’s actions. So apparently, contrary to popular belief, the Government isn’t accountable to Parliament and the Canadian people after all. But he did take pause to share with us just how damned “Un-Canadian” it was of Mister Ignatieff and the Liberals to question the government on it’s new Nine Billion Dollar purchase and about what exactly happened to Mr. Harper’s election promises about transparency in government. “Shame on you Mr. Ignatieff, shame on you for doing your job”!
And as the P.M. seems to be in pre-election mode, he took the opportunity to once again talk about the bogus boogie-man known as “The Coalition” . Even though this phantom coalition has been entirely dismissed, Mr. Harper and his cronies persist in trying to convince Canadians that the “Coalition” that caused Harper’s heinous undemocratic prorogation of Parliament in 2008 is alive and well. So either the specter of an actual Majority of MPs forming a government scared him, or he figured that if his rhetoric worked then, why not now. Allegedly, Finance Minister Jim Flarety caused much eye-rolling as he referred to the dreaded coalition no less than 14 times in a speech to a group of Montreal businessmen recently. Apparently, the philosophy being that if you say something often enough, whether it’s true or not, it will magically become truth. But failing that, as long as they can peddle their “snake-oil” to enough Canadians, “who cares” about the truth.
So it seems like business as usual for Mr. Harper and his hired rabble of Reform Conservatives. Mr. Harper is the boss, period! And let no man woman or Phantom Coalition dare question him on whatever decisions he decides to inflict upon an unsuspecting country, regardless of how lacking in logic they may seem to be. For Harper is the boss and the boss is accountable only to god himself. And anyone who thinks otherwise, is just plain un-Canadian.