Editor's Notes Friday 06 April 2012

 

 
 
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True North Perspective
Vol. 7, No. 10 (312)
Friday 06 April 2012
 
Editor's Notes

Harper tries to smokescreen culpability for $30 billion

F-35 scandal by switching from DND to Public Works

A lot good that will do, a former leading employee of the Department of Public Works (PW), tells True North Perspective.

Within hours of the Harper government's response to Auditor General Michael Ferguson's scathing report on the shady handling of the F-35 file, a retired employee of PW was telling me that the results will be no better.

The man said he worked for PW for about ten years. He said corruption was rampant and when he challenged it, he was forced into early retirement.

He gave an easy to reach example of what happens toward the close of each fiscal year. All government departments spend wastefully even on simple things like furniture not needed. All of this simply to justify their budgets.

I went out to the region, said my informant. I discovered in one area that the unit was $33 million behind in spending for the year.

I said, that will be useful to spread around to other departments in need of money.

The man in charge said, no.

I said, but how can you spend $33 million with only a few weeks to go before the end of the year.

Rooves.

Rooves?

Rooves cost $3 million dollars each. In no time at all I can find 11 rooves that need to be replaced.

I said name one. He did. I said, when was it last replaced? He said two years ago.

But a new roof should last 25 to 30 years. How can you justify a new one so quickly.

He said it was easy. There were only two companies who could do the work. There would be no problem about bidding delays.

I said I wonder what head office will think about that.

Don't worry about head office. I have friends there.

When I went to head office to report, I soon discovered who at least one friend was: the head of the department.

I was challenged. I hear you've been meddling in the regions. I want you to stop that. It's none of your concern.

Yes it is. I'm responsible for producing a quarter of the materials they require.

Never mind. Just stay out of it.

I filed a complaint. And then a second one.

Soon, at the age of 53, I was forced to take early retirement.

Harper, he said, switching the F-35 from DND to Public Works won't help anything.

The bureaucrats lie to the government. The government lies to the public.

This whole country is in dire need of a new kind of politics.

The Liberals were caught with their hands in the cookie jar. So have the Harper gang, not only with voting irregularities (to put a gentle word on it) and now by attempting to smokescreen a $30 billion scam for a fleet of F-35 fighter planes that we don't need unless they are used for making war on someone far away.

It's important to keep in mind that Ottawa has already spent more than $300 million on the technological development of a flying war machine that many countries are now saying they don't want.

Only time will tell if the Official Opposition will be able to wrench truth from the Harper government and if they themselves can avoid the temptations of corruption.

They say people get the government they deserve. I believe that we deserve much better than what we've been getting.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

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