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    Canada’s F-35 jet fighter purchase debacle

    November 28th, 2012

    A test version of the F-35 jet fighter aircraft. First operational model was delivered to the U.S. Marines in  mid-November, 2012, following 16 years and several billion dollars in trouble-plagued development. Final cost and start of full-scale production were still unknown.

    Excerpt from About Canada. Toronto: Civil Sector Press. ©Earle Gray.

    Trillions of long-term dollars, including billions of Canadian taxpayer money, are at issue in a multinational effort to develop the world’s most costly piece of military equipment, while the effort teetered on the edge of collapse. In Canada, the planned fighter jets produced a scandal of bureaucratic bungling and political cover-up, misinformation, and contempt of Parliamentary democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

    Harper government abuse of power

    November 25th, 2012

    Excerpt from About Canada. Toronto: Civil Sector Press, 2012. ©Copyright Earle Gray.

    Charges leveled against the Harper government have been limited to abuse of power, rather than financial gain for party, politicians, or supporters. The list of abuses, alleged and established, is daunting: waging war on the civil service; covering up allegations of complicity in the torture (and possibly extrajudicial killings and disappearances) of Afghan war prisoners; contempt of Parliament; silencing critics by coercion, intimidation, firings and character assassination; illegally disclosing private, personal information; illegally withholding public information; promoting export sales of cacogenic Canadian asbestos, in the face of universal condemnation; policies that curb news media reporting of government activity; sponsoring crime legislation for political advantage in the knowledge of evidence that such policies do not work. Read the rest of this entry »