A Foreword by Doug Draper
I have so far stayed away from doing any commentary on the multi-billion-dollar scandal over those fighter jets Canada’s Conservative government is so determined to buy mostly because I have found myself getting too angry just reading about it. And as much as measure of anger can be a motivator for a column that has some edge to it, too much anger can have you banging out something equivalent to screaming at the walls.So I was pleased to turn on CBC’s The National this past April 5 and hear Rex Murphy deliver a commentary on the stinking mess that said many of the things I could only wish to have put into words as powerfully as he did. For not only did Murphy show up one Stephen Harper’s senior cabinet members, Peter MacKay, as the defence minister who – now that all of the outrageous hiding of the true $25 billion cost of these jets from parliament and the Canadian people has been exposed – is apparently “not really responsible for anything,” he showed Harper’s Conservative government for its hypocrisy.
“If Stephen Harper were in Opposition now and it was Liberals who bought about this mess he would be heaving thunderbolts and breathing righteous fire about ‘arrogant and incompetent Liberals.’ and he would be right,” said Murphy, but where is the outrage from Conservatives who once promised they would be more responsible with Canadians’ tax money over this mess?
Indeed, one would hope that Conservative MPs would stand up and express the same level of outrage over the fighter jet scandal, which involves billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money, as they did over the former Liberal government’s sponsorship scandal, that involved millions of dollars. If even a few Conservatives showed the courage to put the interests of the country’s finances ahead of crass partisan politics on this one, it might serve to shatter some of the cynicism people have these days for politicians. These same principled MPs might even get re-elected three years from now, regardless of what happens to the rest of the Harper government.
While we are waiting for Conservative MPs to show some courage and principle on this one, there is Rex Murphy’s column which, I believe, all Canadians should absorb as this latest scandal since the robo-call business unfolds. One of the reasons I feel it is so significant is that it comes from a commentator who has arguably been too fair to Harper’s Conservatives on a number of other matters.
So I encourage you go click on the following link where you can read the text of Rex Murphy’s April 5 commentary or watch the video of it if you prefer. Then Niagara At Large invites you to share your views below, remembering that we only post comments by people who also share their first and last names. Now here is that link –http://www.cbc.ca/thenational/indepthanalysis/rexmurphy/story/2012/04/05/thenational-rexmurphy-040512.html .