Via Impolitical, David Pugilese finds that the Air Force was expecting a competitive bidding process, and was in no particular hurry to pick a CF18 replacement, at least until the Cons came along and told them they were getting the F-35.
There's a larger point be made about the way the Cons do business. They are inherently lazy. Their resistance to the bureaucracy of decision making is also a rejection of rigour that the established decision making process, for all its faults, governs the process of equipment procurement. They don't try to repair the process or look too closely at what's wrong it, they simply ignore it, fire it, and replace it with not much more than their own brand of rhetorical duct tape. This logic applies across their way of governing. Parliamentary procedure does not go their way, they prorogue. Staticians must resign. Etc.
Of course the problem with this approach is that it ultimately creates more issues for them than it solves. They are groundcrew pumping kerosene into the wing while having a smoke by an ungrounded fuel truck while the pilot starts spooling up the turbines. But no, it seems the thicker-than-whale-shit Cons think its easier to just do everything at once because the effort involved in doing it properly is just too damn hard.
I suppose you could be kind and call it "faith-based" governance. Empirical decision making means they have to do their homework and that might cause the to learn things which counter their worldview. No, it's easier to just not know. Of course, most of the rest of us dwell in a fairly consistently agreed upon reality which is now beating the Cons over the head as evidence counter to their word bloats up to the surface.