Speaking to the media yesterday morning, the Auditor General confirmed that the government would have known about the more accurate $25 billion price tag for the F-35s before the last election, based on the documents at DND that he saw. Which is a pretty big deal, considering it calls into question everything that Harper has been saying not only during, but since the last election. In fact, Bob Rae was so outraged that he is moving a motion of privilege in the House of Commons, saying that it is a fundamental right for Parliament to be told the truth, and if the government deliberately misled the House, then there must be consequences. Oh, and the PMO? Put out a release that tries to “clarify” their numbers, saying the previous figure didn’t include a bunch of numbers that the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s did, which sounds a bit rich at this point.
Here is another attempted explanation as to what and was not a “contract” or a Memorandum of Understanding with regards to the F-35 purchase, and how that added to the confusion. Here’s a look at how DND bullied other departments into signing on by using threats of the loss of industrial benefits. Brian Stewart muses about how this debacle fits into the “culture of secrecy” in the government.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair gave a speech at the Economic Club of Canada to show that the NDP can be sound fiscal managers, and to talk about how he’s not opposed to the oil sands per se, just the way in which they’re being developed.
A Quebec judge has put an injunction on scrapping any long-gun registry data from Quebec.
Attawapiskat will no longer be under third party management, ostensibly for because conditions have improved there, but some – like Charlie Angus – believe it’s because the government is covering its tracks for blowing the file.
Here’s a look at the effect the closure of Rights & Democracy is going to have on places like Burma, where the agency was doing good work.
And here are five things you need to know about public service job cuts.