What is Peter Mackay doing these days? I had thought he was Canada's Defence Minister, you know the politician in charge of running the Canadian Forces, keeping tabs on everything. Everything, like the purchase of Chinook helicopters, for example. Pete's supposed to keep an eye on that sort of thing, make sure the deal is coming in on budget, on time. Except, according to Auditor General Sheila Fraser, Petey has been asleep at the wheel.
That $2-billion Chinook contract? It's coming in at just under $5-billion. Seems the CF brass said they were going to buy "off the shelf" but then pulled a fast one and ordered modifications that jacked up the price and delayed delivery. Heads should roll, but whose heads? Maybe the Chief of Defence Staff - oh but he's safely retired a long time ago. Whoever came up with the "off the shelf" assurance - he should be out. And what about Harper's Defence Minister, the prime screw up, Peter Mackay? Surely he should be out, gone, shuffled off to Buffalo.
And while we're at it, maybe it's time to take another hard look at that F-35 contract.