Same old same old
Chris Taylor bet me over a beer the other night that within six months I'd be back to posting at least twice a week. The wager was - what else? - beer. If the Liberals continue to raise my blood pressure like this, I might well be buying the next time we raise a glass together.
The federal government has delayed a $12-billion purchase of military aircraft until after the next election, deferring political fallout over buying foreign products, The Canadian Press has learned.
Key cabinet ministers and the defence chief faced "passionate" aerospace industry representatives Monday night. They had to deflect claims they were tailoring the purchase of planes and helicopters to eliminate Canadian competition in favour of specific foreign-built craft they want.
"It's unanimous - we're not moving with it now," a government official said on condition of anonymity.
"We're not moving with this before an election.
"It's all on the basis of the ferocious lobbying by industry. It's all Toronto-Montreal-Bombardier politics."
While I tend towards Gen Hillier's perspective, there are legitimate reasons to oppose this purchase: these might not be the right aircraft for what our military will be doing in the next fifteen years; bundling three separate types of aircraft into one procurement might not be a good buying strategy; making the bid specifications so tight as to effectively decide the winning aircraft beforehand might be bad policy, and set a bad precedent besides.
Notice that offending the tender sensibilities of chronic taxpayer-leech Bombardier is not enumerated among those legitimate reasons. Nor is political manoeuvring designed to win Liberal votes.
This is typical Liberal bullshit, and as has become a pathetic and twisted habit for our Natural Governing Party, soldiers and taxpayers will end up with the short end of the stick, mark my words.