Sunday, April 15, 2012

Conservatives Lied About F-35 Contract



Besides lying about the price of the F-35s, Peter MacKay lied about the contract selection was an open and competitive process.

In 2010 Defense Minister Peter MacKay said many times that the F-35 was selected in an open, competitive, and transparent process, this has now been shown to be false by the Auditor General Michael Ferguson who has said there was no competition, that the costly $25 billion, and growing, contract was actually sole-sourced.

May 27 2010 - Peter MacKay said in front of the estimates committee, "This next generation fighter will be an open, competitive, transparent process."

July 16 2010 - When asked directly by a reporter about the sole-source contract Peter MacKay publicly declared that in fact, "There was a competitive process, it was a very competitive and rigorous process."

Sept 15 2010 - At a meeting of the National Defense committee not only did Public Works' Minister Rona Ambrose also claim "There was a competition," but Peter MacKay again stated, "There was a rigorous, inclusive process."

Indeed it was at that meeting where NDP MP Jack Harris said MacKay was not telling the truth prompting the Defense Minister to retort, "I resent the implication that your questioning my word about a true open, transparent process."

Compare now what Peter MacKay claimed and what the Auditor General has reported and what many in the media already knew to be true:

"Then, in July 2010, the government announced its decision to buy the F-35 Lightning II, without following a competitive process, as the CF-18 replacement." - Report of the Auditor General, Page 1

"[The Department of Public Works] endorsed the key decision to sole source the acquisition of the F-35 in the absence of required documentation and completed analyses." - Report of the Auditor General, Page 2

"National Defence provided letter to PWGSC to justify procuring F-35 without competition." - Report of the Auditor General, Page 13

"National Defence recommended to central agencies, other government departments, and its Minister that Canada commit to buying the F-35 through the provisions of the 2006 MOU for the third phase of the JSF Program, without competition." - Report of the Auditor General, Page 22

"[The Department of Public Works] relied almost exclusively on assertions by National Defence and endorsed the sole-source procurement strategy in the absence of required documentation and completed analysis." - Report of the Auditor General, Page 31
In addition to the absence of competition the Auditor General cited the Conservative government kept information from parliament and misled Canadians.

At 2:18 in the video above Michael Ferguson states, "There were a number of significant problems with the decision-making process." In light of this information that the Defense Minister lied, if Peter MacKay receives no punishment it will be clear those decision-making problems aren't going anywhere; except maybe extending to the Prime Minister's office.

2 comments:

CuJoYYC said...

(No need to post.)

"In 2010 Defense Minister Peter MacKay …"
"Sept 15 2010 - At a meeting of the National Defense committee …"
"… prompting the Defense Minister to retort …"
"In light of this information that the Defense Minister lied …"

In Canada, we spell defence with a 'c'. Defense is the US spelling. Might want to check and change your default dictionary.

As for the article, yeah, he lied. Harper supports the lie. It's simple. They lie a lot.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

CuJo, seeing as most people have no idea about the details of the Auditor General's report, let alone its existence, I think there's reason enough to post.

As for the spelling, it's been a long a few days, and spell check has been writing 90% of my posts.