Accountability and the F-35

by Aaron Wherry

Alan Williams, the former assistant deputy minister who has been raising concerns about the F-35 for months, talks to the CBC about where responsibility lies. Philippe Lagasse reviews the Auditor General’s report and the lessons that should be learned.

Once they had announced that the F-35 was Canada’s next fighter, moreover, Conservative ministers refused to question DND’s unsubstantiated estimates and figures until the aircraft’s widely reported cost overruns and technical difficulties could no longer be ignored.  Hence, although the Auditor General focuses on the errors and oversights of DND and PWGCS, it is evident that Conservative ministers failed in their responsibilities, too.

More to the point, no ministers should be permitted to avoid their constitutional responsibility for the affairs of the departments, no matter how much ignorance or inexperience they claim. Allowing ministers to shift their responsibility onto their departments or officials, however poorly they performed, would undermine the very bedrock of our system of responsible government.

John Geddes reviews the recent history of military procurement.




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Accountability and the F-35

  1. A prediction for today’s theme in the House: Why do auditors hate the troops?

    • Yeah. I quite agree. Because if you are’nt with the troops then you’re probably just one of those left wing, commie loving, puppy kicking, tree hugging environmental extremists, who are all on the side of common criminals and child pornographers.
      PS. I hope that I did’nt leave anything out.

      • You did leave out Taliban sympathizing and financed by foreign billionaires

  2. In the spirit of “Ministerial responsibility” it’s time to blame the civil service, the DND, the Liberals and  Michael Sona, and then throw some unfortunates under the bus.

     Accountability is a great buzzword – and a heavy burden 

  3. You guys have to work “Wherryite” in there somewhere.

    • I’m sure that’s coming.  OB clearly hasn’t noticed this thread yet.

  4. In the future this suggests not being the first wave of military customers if no specific threat.  Even better would be to define the contract so that testing setbacks trigger a later or lesser purchase.  I’d like buying Chinese Jets except Russia helps them out and on a map only Russia and USA are potential adversaries.  Part of future pandemic mitigation will be the ability of the military to draft an immune workforce.  To me this suggests a lab-on-a-chip military-civiIian R+D centre. Buy whatever cheaper Jets are available that are capable of dropping anti-sub depth charges, and said air-base construction up north.  A N.Korean amount of mortar in archipalego sipping channels would create jobs and be cheaper than newest Jets and subs, I think.  Train reservists for civil defense?  Be nice to have PPE and rations in all military bases with the goal being to eliminate domestic rioting and murders with a civil defense deployment that mirrors existing civilian distribution plans.  In ‘Nam I had to get 4 sex change operations to escape prison.  I realize now when my tits were ‘naped it was only necessary to get a boob-job instead of two more operations.  How to keep the dams and telecom going?  Future hologram communication would enable civilians to be more psychologically connection.

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