The Harperistas are changing the name of the procurement secretariat for ... the new national fighter jet, formerly believed to be the F-35.
Public Works and Government Services Minister Rona Ambrose confirmed the name change Wednesday in Halifax. The body is now called the national fighter procurement secretariat, she said, adding the name change signals a change in policy.But before the lying bastards got around to doing that, they lied to Canadian voters.
"I think it's self-evident that the change in policy is that the government is, as we've indicated, hitting restart with this process," Ambrose said.
"One of the reasons for establishing the secretariat is to ensure that we have independently validated information about everything that we need to consider, including the aircraft, and so that will be part of the mandate for the secretariat."
"They will come back to us once they've done that comprehensive, independently validated work and make a recommendation to the government."
Defence Minister Peter MacKay says cabinet ultimately signed off on the figures the Defence Department cited publicly for the cost of the F-35 stealth fighter program.So, they have to get caught before they'll do anything honest.
"It ultimately goes to cabinet," MacKay told the Senate defence committee on Monday.
Auditor General Michael Ferguson released a scathing report on April 3 that was highly critical of the way the F-35 file had been handled, particularly the Defence Department's failure to reveal that the fighter would cost Canada at least $25 billion — $10 billion more than it was reporting to Parliament and the public weeks before the last federal election.
The Conservative government has admitted it was aware of the larger price tag weeks before the last federal election, but MacKay's comments are the first acknowledgment cabinet approved the reporting of a lower figure to Canadians.
A point. They admit they lied before and I believe they are lying now.