‘The Conservative government hasn’t been entirely straight’

by Aaron Wherry

Postmedia picks up on last week’s discussion.

Then this week, Chris Alexander, parliamentary secretary to the defence minister, denied in an interview that the government had ever decided to buy the F-35 — and accused opposition parties of sowing confusion on the issue. This was despite a long public record showing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several cabinet ministers repeatedly committing to and defending the stealth fighter since 2010.

“Governments do this all the time, and it’s totally understandable that they would try to change the conversation,” said University of Ottawa defence expert Philippe Lagasse, who participated in the NDP’s hearings on the F-35 on Tuesday. “The problem is there’s so much public evidence, that really you’re inviting mockery.”

But while analysts agreed Alexander’s comments were bizarre, they said they serve the purpose of muddying the waters and making it difficult for average Canadians to tell who’s telling the truth. “As a taxpayer, the annoyance is the Conservative government hasn’t been entirely straight,” said Nossal. “Instead what the government has done is kind of spin this in a way that is actually quite confusing to ordinary Canadians.”




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‘The Conservative government hasn’t been entirely straight’

  1. William Blake ~ The Liar:

    Deceiver, dissembler
    Your trousers are alight
    From what pole or gallows
    Shall they dangle in the night?

    When I asked of your career
    Why did you have to kick my rear
    With that stinking lie of thine
    Proclaiming that you owned a mine?

    When you asked to borrow my stallion
    To visit a nearby-moored galleon
    How could I ever know that you
    Intended only to turn him into glue?

  2. 6 years, every topic, every time.

    • Muddying the waters is the modus operendi of the Harperites.

      • I wouldn’t be too sure that it is just mud they put in the water . . .

  3. “confusing to ordinary Canadians” — a re-statement of the RepubliCon manifesto.


  4. But while analysts agreed Alexander’s comments were bizarre, they said they serve the purpose of muddying the waters and making it difficult for average Canadians to tell who’s telling the truth.

    LOL

    I love the fact that the prime benefit to the Tory government of Alexander’s comment that the opposition has been muddying the waters (despite loads of evidence that the government itself spent two full years carefully muddying the waters) is that Alexander’s latest comments FURTHER MUDDY THE WATERS.

    Irony, thy name is Christopher Alexander!

  5. It DOES invite mockery.

    Chris Alexander, I mock you.

  6. There was no muddied water. Alexander made it quiet clear that harpo has lied about having a contract, or they are lying now about not having a contract. At the vary least it makes the Cons look unorganized and incompetent. Any way you look at it, harpo, Alexander, MacKay and all the others involved with the F-35s now look like giant douche bags.

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