10 december 2012

More opposition attacks over lack of details, openness on govt decision-making on F-35 jet


Lockheed Martin web site

The ongoing controversy over whether the Canadian governemnt will buy F-35 jets for Canada's air force continues.

Initially the Conservative government of PrIme Minister Stephen Harper seemed determined to go ahead with the deal despite some reservations from opposition parties.

But when in April Canada's Auditor General Michael Ferguson pointed to figures that grossly under-estimated the full costs of the Lockhead jet fighters, more questions were raised, and the government backed off from its official support.

With a KPMG report on the deal about to be made public, the government is now saying a decision has not been made, and it's looking at a seven point plan before making any decision.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
More information:
Canada's National Defence - article on F-35 debate - here
Canada's Auditor General: F-35 decisions unfolded without a plan to manage unique factors - link - here
Lockheed Martin F-35 Canada web site -www.f-35.ca

More links:
National Post: Chris Selley - Full Pundit: ‘Someone must be held to account’ for the F-35 debacle - here
CBC News: F-35's benefits to Canadian industry questioned - here


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