Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The contract

Reuters, July 15, 2010 "Contrary to Liberal myths, this was a competitive process. Canada participated in an extensive and rigorous competitive process where two bidders developed and competed prototype aircraft," said a spokesman for Defence Minister Peter MacKay."

Stephen Harper, HoC, Nov 3, 2010 "Mr. Speaker, once again, not only was there a competitive process to select this aircraft, but the previous government put money into the development of the aircraft for the Canadian military. That is the position.
We are going to need to replace the aircraft at the end of this decade, and the party opposite knows that. But instead, for the sake of getting the anti-military vote on the left, with the NDP and the Bloc, the Liberals are playing this game.
The mistake is theirs. It would be a mistake to rip up this contract for our men and women in uniform as well as the aerospace industry."

Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, HoC, Dec 13, 2010 : "Mr. Speaker, let us look at the actual contract. What the Canadian government has committed to is a $9 billion contract for the acquisition of 65 fifth generation aircraft. This includes not just the aircraft, but also includes the onboard systems, supporting infrastructure, initial spares, training simulators, contingency funds. This is a terrific investment for the Canadian Forces." 

Toronto Sun, Jan 14, 2011 : "I don't understand how the Liberal MPs from this region could want to cancel the contract," said Harper. "It's incredible."

CTV, Jan 14, 2011 : "I do find it disappointing, I find it sad, that some in Parliament are backtracking on the F-35 and some are talking openly about cancelling the contract, should they get the chance," Harper said at the Heroux-Devtek plant in Dorval.

Stephen Harper, presser, Apr 8, 2011 “The contract we signed shelters us from any increase in those kinds of costs, so we’re very confident of our cost estimates.”

Quotes from back when there supposedly was an actual, you know, contract that followed from a competitive bidding process.

Coyne on the AG's report :  “In lieu of a formalized statement of operational requirement or a complete options analysis,” Public Works informed Defence it would go along with the sole-source dodge if it were provided a letter, “confirming National Defence’s requirement for a fifth generation fighter and confirming that the F-35 is the only such aircraft available.” Wait, it gets better: The letter was produced “the same day.” Still better: “There were no other supporting documents.” Still better: “It is important to note that the term ‘fifth generation’ is not a description of an operational requirement.” 


thwap said...

Lying to Parliament, as usual.

They have NO legitimacy.

Billions of dollars thrown at whoever bats their eye-lashes at Peter McKay.

Guess he plans on retiring for a career in the private-sector soon?

Kev said...

There are lies, damn lies and Harper lies. As he is finally finding out once you tell that first lie you have trapped yourself into having to continue lying,Not that,that matters to Dear Leader I do have a little advice for him though. Drop that shovel Steve

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