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Weekend thoughts on the F35, Chinese/Malaysian takeover of tarsand companies

Suddenly and simultaneously, some controversial things have popped up on the Conservative government’s watch.

The F35 Debacle. Well, that’s been a debacle for awhile, but it’s now too much of one for even the Conservatives to ignore. It is reported that they have cancelled the exclusive sole-source contract for the Stealth Fighter jet/bomber and will revert back to an open competition amongst several different fighter planes. That may happen after an independent accounting firm reported the jets will now cost over 40 billion $… way over what the Conservatives claimed it would be.

You may remember the reason we had an election in 2011 was because the Conservatives refused to release the estimates to the House and were found in contempt and lost the confidence of the House. Unfortunately, not enough Canadians seemed to grasp that issue, or seemed to care, and the Conservatives were sent back with a majority (thanks in part to the inept Michael Ignatieff and our voting system splitting the votes amongst the opposition).

It will be interesting to see if they grasp this or care now, and remember in 2015 they were misled by the Conservatives.

The other issue this week is Nexen; the Canadian oil firm that Harper has allowed a Chinese government-owned oil company to buy (and also not noted as much, he reversed the decision on the Malaysian firm and will allow that government-owned business to buy Petronas).

Sun reporter/commentator David Akin has noted that Abacus, Sun’s polling firm, has consistently noted 2/3 or more opposition to allowing the Chinese deal to happen. Abacus is not exactly a liberal polling firm.. so for them to get that high of an amount of opposition suggests many Conservative voters weren’t happy with this prospect.

Harper has managed to split the opposition off with wedge issues/attack ads the past 6 years. They do not like controversial issues that may wedge off their own support.. these are 2 issues that may represent those wedges. We’ll see, as we say.

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4 comments to Weekend thoughts on the F35, Chinese/Malaysian takeover of tarsand companies

  • Stan

    Why do you nuts on the left refer to the oil sands as tar sands?
    Tar comes from pine trees, to suggest otherwise simply illustrates your basic dishonesty.
    And the weakness of your argument!

  • Observer

    Just a side note, but it wasn’t the “voting system” that was splitting the votes “amongst the opposition”…it was the voters. And they did that because both left wing parties suck with neither having an consistent and compelling message.

    You guys need to stop crying about the fact that we have 3 major parties and blaming the voting system and start selecting better leaders who perhaps weren’t selected by anonymous backroom boys and maybe didn’t live outside the country for 29 years.

    It would also be nice if both party leaders and the grassroots actually had some principles they’d be willing to stick by for more than one election cycle.

    I realize that’s asking a lot.

  • shadow12ea

    treasonass stephen & his cabal have sold Canada to a corrupt government, China. Why he did it is beyond me. I sure would like an explaination. All I can come up with is the old line of, “follow the money”. I don’t know who or if some one was paid off, but its the only conclusion I can come to.

    Canadians do not like the idea of a foreign government having this much control in Canada. The Chinese government is not known for its enviornmental high standards, its support for democracy, religion, fair wages, etc. it is know for its extreme suppression of any one who opposes them & their corrupt manner of doing business. Treasonass stephen just opened the door for them to come in & destroy this country. Not only has China been able to purchase the company but treasonass stephen signed a free trade deal with China which certainly is very secret & doesn’t leave much for democracy & openess. Then of course to cap things off, Vickie Towes decided the RCMP would have to follow orders & break the law if they are ordered to do so. Reminds me of what happened in Germany when Hitler took over.

    I do hope the citizens of Canada come to their senses & vote this bunch out of office & then try treasonass stephen for treason.

  • kit

    There is no contract, according to CONS in the House, so how can they cancel the contract? DUH!!

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