More fun with math


Steven Chase explains the discrepancy between the reported purpose of Peter MacKay’s flights and the Prime Minister’s version of events.

Records show, however, that there were 35 flights where Mr. MacKay’s office requested the Challenger jets. These are flights where Mr. MacKay is listed as the main passenger – “VIP” or “user requesting” the planes. Of these, only nine were to attend repatriation ceremonies.

The Harper defence of Mr. MacKay is comparing apples and oranges, however. It measures a much bigger pool of flights, including those where the Nova Scotia minister was merely a passenger on jets ordered not by his office but by others, including the military. If these ride-along flights counted as being ordered up at the behest of Mr. MacKay, than his total mileage and costs for the last four years would be much higher than 247 hours and $2.9-million.


More fun with math

  1. It’s depressing to me that that last sentence ever got written.

  2. “He said half of Mr. MacKay’s flights were to attend repatriation ceremonies at which the remains of fallen soldiers were returned to Canada …. Records show, however, that Mr. MacKay’s office requested the Challenger jets for 35 flights. These are trips on which Mr. MacKay is listed as the main passenger – “VIP” or “user requesting.” Only nine were to attend repatriation ceremonies.”

    Margaret Wente ~ Sept 28 2011:

    Across the country, university math professors report that the math skills of students who are studying to become teachers are generally abysmal. Basic skills such as adding fractions or calculating percentages are frequently beyond them. “If you don’t know math, you can’t teach math,” says Anne Stokke, a math professor at the University of Winnipeg who has launched a petition to raise the standards.

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