The minister enjoys a good helicopter ride


The Globe further complicates Peter MacKay’s complicated explanation for his helicopter ride in July 2010.

Earlier this fall, when the contentious 2010 flight first came to light, the Defence Minister’s office defended the 30-minute trip from the vacation spot to the Gander airport as an infrequent opportunity to watch the rescuers in action. “After cancelling previous efforts to demonstrate their search-and-rescue capabilities to Minister MacKay over the course of three years, the opportunity for a simulated search and rescue exercise finally presented itself in July of 2010,” Mr. MacKay’s office said in September.

But the Defence Minister got a chance in 2009 to see the SAR crew in action when they took him on a ride that lasted about one hour. The Globe has learned it took place at the same time of year.

Of course, as I noted on Friday, the search-and-rescue reasoning has been dropped from the public explanation for the minister’s trip.


The minister enjoys a good helicopter ride

  1. Got any nines?


    Got any jacks?


    Got any Search and Rescue Helicopters to take me to Gander?

    One [grrrr!!]

  2. What else do you expect from the man who put the knife into the back of the real conservative party of Canada?

    • . . . and double-crossed David Orchard.  David Orchard is and was a jerk.  Therefore, McKay gets a thumbs-up on that one.

      • I imagine Orchard being a jerk is neither here nor there as far as the old PC party is concerned.

      • The only person that publicly acted like a jerk was Liar McKay.

  3. Groucho Marx Peter McKay: “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

  4. Has S&R practiced any ‘food drops’ lately?

  5. Well at least we now have defence minister who have confidence in their equipment. I recall a defence minister from 2001 who refused to fly in a Canadian Sea King. The biggest irony was that he flew in a USN one instead.

  6. Surprise, surprise!!! Harper defends proven-to-be liar McKay! What a pieces of human garbage; makes sense that they would guard each other, being liars, criminals, and brooding tyrants.

    Here’s a good example of how things SHOULD HAVE WENT: Anyone remember ELEANOR CLITHEROE, disgraced former Hydro One CEO, who back in 2002 used a Hydro One helicopter to fairy her from her cottage to a board meeting… she was fired, stripped of her pension and was made to pay reparations… she fought in court and LOST. Harper has destroyed THAT judicial system like the expert fascist tyrant he is, so don’t expect a repeat of useful justice…

    McKay and Harper are just as wrong as she was to mix personal and professional and they must pay. What is worse than the actual transgression is the fact that it trends with the generally contemptuous conservative modus operandi, and that makes my stomach shrink to think of every evil deed the morally bankrupt harper regime perpetrates that we DON’T know about for each evil revelation that comes to the public eye…

  7. Slimy piece of fuking horsesh1t, fall on your sword, but before you do…. use that sword to run Harper through…. than you could be a hero at the las moment…. best idea yet as far as your concerned….

    Fuking as$-monkey sh1t-eating clown;

    Why does it bother NO canadians that our politicians keep prision-bitching us out…..for money and power, no less…!! I for one have a far too sore as$ to care about how this pr1ck ‘feels’ for being targeted for his stupidity… 

    Harper is deconstructing Canada, and lying every step of the way, because what real Canadian would truly allow that to occur? You see, the Harper regime thinks of Canadians like frogs in a pot of water over a fire… if they just throw us in the boiling water we might jump out, and we’ll definitely be angry… BUT if they place us in a pot of cold water and bring it up slowly to a boil, we will sit there and get cooked…

    Are we gonna let these double talking, deceitful, anarchists cook Canada and Canadians? So far Canadians are allowing it…. OPEN UP YOUR EYES.

    • I have a sneaking suspicion that you aren’t really David Suzuki.

      • Heavens NO! It’s Michael Ignatieff

        • Can’t be, it’s only five paragraphs.

      • It’s David Suzuki’s Id.

        • That was nasty.  Are you a Suzuki hater?

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