No need to keep studying the F-35?

The work of the parliamentary committee studying the F-35 procurement is apparently done. At least so far as the Conservative members of the committee are concerned. Here was Conservative MP Andrew Saxton’s explanation yesterday.

Mr. Speaker, we have heard from the Auditor General three times: once for the report as a whole, once for the beginning of the chapter, and once at the end of the chapter. We have heard from senior government officials at two different sets of meetings that detailed the government’s response. We have heard from the Parliamentary Budget Officer to compare his numbers versus others. The purpose of the committee is to study the Auditor General’s report. We have done that. Let us get on with writing the report.

The public accounts committee met five times to consider the auditor general’s findings, though the first of those meetings was consumed by debating how to proceed with a study. David Pugliese suggests defence officials aren’t pleased with the latest turn of events.

At DND the talk is that the Conservatives have given the opposition MPs another PR windfall on the F-35 file. There has been widespread disbelief that the poor communications strategy has allowed the purchase to become a major political issue. This latest move will not help the situation at all, say NDHQ insiders.

No need to keep studying the F-35?

  1. CPC: This democratic governance thing is just too difficult. It’s time to shut it down.

  2. “Mr. Speaker, we have heard from the Auditor General three times …”
    I wonder, what does the word “hear” actually mean to members of the Conservative government?

  3. Buying these aircraft will be an excellent reminder to Canadians of how badly the Conservative manage taxpayer dollars.

  4. the Cons are hoping that the usual short attention span on the part of the media (and general public) will make the whole thing go away if they can just avoid revealing how hapless they were –

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