Where do they get that undeserved reputation, when they pull stunts like this?
The Conservative government has decided that U. S. aerospace giant Sikorsky will not have to pay $36-million in late penalties even though the maritime helicopter it is building for the Canadian Forces is being delivered two years late. Instead, the government has cut a new deal with Sikorsky, resetting the clock on when the firm would be liable for late penalties, if at all. The U. S. company has been given another two years before facing any sanctions. Under the new deal, Canadian taxpayers will now pay Sikorsky $117-million extra for improvements to be made to the Cyclone as well as changes to the long-term in-service support package for the aircraft.
So, not only are the Conservatives not enforcing a 36 million dollar penalty for a company that is in breach of contract, and which the original deal clearly spelled out there would be penalties for lateness, but the Conservatives are now anteing up 117 million $ extra of our taxpayer money as a reward for them being late.
Think about that. As Jeff points out, Jim Flaherty and Stephen Harper tried to cut the public funding elections system to political parties in a nakedly partisan gesture in order to destroy other parties effective ability to operate during an election under the guise of “fiscal restraint” and “setting an example”, yet they’ve now decided to let this US aeronautics company off the hook and not collect a penalty clause of an amount of money that is LARGER then what cutting public election financing would have saved them.
To top it off, they’re giving away 117 million $ extra of taxpayers money to improve a product. What exactly was wrong with the original helicopters that now make us find out they’re not so good? Why are we rewarding a company 2 years late with more money?
You’re supposed to reward companies that perform well – not ones that are 2 years in arrears of delivering a product with a clearly stated penalty clause in the contract. Yet, in the bizarro world of Harper and Flaherty and the Conservatives, that’s what has occurred here. Would anyone care to challenge me with my assertion that if this product wasn’t a military one, that Harper and company wouldn’t have been so lenient with whatever company pulled that stunt if it had been 2 weeks late, let alone 2 years?