I am not really a fan of politics. Especially when all I see is attack after attack which just amounts to the people involved looking like a bunch of babies. Grow up. Work together and make something great.
One thing I recently came across was the stance on the F35 fighter purchase from Lockheed Martin.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau (JT) wants to scrap it.
Conservative Leader Steven Harper (SH) started the purchase order so he is committed to buy them. And basically saying that JT out to lunch in the process.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair (TM) says he’ll back the fighter because, basically, it has gone through a process and we just cannot back out so easily. He might be right but still, seems like a very politic answer.
Green Leader Elizabeth May (EM), I am guessing, is also against the planes, but no real mention what they would plan to do if they were in power; or at least I do not see anything as definitive as JT’s statement.
(Sorry Bloc Quebecois, I do not really care what you think.)
Personally, from what I have read and heard about the F35. We are better off without them. Like in this Youtube video from the 5th Estate and there is something similar from 60 minutes if you google.. Around 27:10 sums up the plane from other places I have read and heard. They are not great for… basically everything. The newer Russian planes, the Eurofighter, the Super Hornet and probably our aging fleet of CF18s are probably better than these planes in some way or another. This plane has been designed to fit too many situations such that design and specification compromises had to be done in order to fit the bill. The end result. Neat looking plane, shame it will put our pilots at risk.
So JT out to lunch? I do not think so. Unless the Conservatives really bent over and let Lockheed Martin royally shaft them on the deal that backing out and buying an equal amount of half the cost Super Hornets will amount to about the same cost, then I would agree, JT “may” be out to lunch. However, even in that scenario, we would probably have a better plane that that is way cheaper to service because the Super Hornet is not too different than the CF18s that we currently have. So we have the expertise to maintain them and we do not have to re-equipe with entirely new hardware.
Hey, I am a guy, I like new toys as much as anyone else. But if those toys do not add up or are way too expensive, then I am definitely not going to buy. That is the reason I have a Denon receiver paired with a PS3 for bluray and Totem Arrow/Dream Catcher speakers instead of a Bang And Olafson with Bowers and Wilkinson Speakers. (Mind you, I actually really like the look of the Totems over anything from BW but that is besides the point.) I bought within my means. Canada should as well. Which means, F35 is not really our jet even though SH and the Conservatives would like to think it is.
So I think JT and EM are probably on the right train of though. TM is being diplomatic I suspect. SH is committed and, I get the impression, someone who will not admit to being wrong and will stay the course no matter how painful it will be. A change in decision would appear, in their eyes, would be a very grave error politically.
Disclaimer: I am not Canadian but I live here as a Permanent Resident. So I can not vote in the upcoming election. I will say I am biased against the Conservatives mainly because of their record on stifling scientific research that does not agree with them, their obvious military slant as well as jails building. This is by no means a claim of support for any party even though it might appear to be supportive of JT. I do not take everything as it is given to me. If it sounds off then I will “Question Everything, Trust Nothing, and Verify.” (Not an exact quote but was part of lecture I attended once. Or in other words, “Think”.