BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CONTRACT. Oh yah that never existed it was just a Conservative lie, one of many.
No one ever said there was a contract.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:37 PM
I understand what you are saying, and agree on the concept in theory. Unfortunately, the program needed initial support from our country and others to determine if there was adequate need to proceed with such a huge investment. The 'if you build it, they will come' mentality may work for turning cornfields into baseball fields, but not when it comes to building technologically advanced jet fighters.
Sayings its the "best" is besides the point. Being an early adopter is dangerous in a lot of different ways. Since we know that 95% of what our airforce does is fly routine patrols and stand ready to shoot down rogue civilian planes, we should buy the plane that can adequately do that for the least ammount of money.
If we need a small contingent of JSF fighters as well for conflicts overseas then we can buy those later on once the plane has had all the kinks worked out of it, and we can assess its real performance and operational costs based on real data instead of projections.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:03 PM
As noted, if they don't buy the F-35s, they'll buy something else equally costly. Glad you approve.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:05 PM
Oh I am sorry I meant the Billion dollar contracts that the Conservatives said that Canadian business would lose if we didn't buy these plans. Guess that was a dumb argument to make at the time then?
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:06 PM
Why would they do that?
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:07 PM
Not at all. By signalling our commitment to move our investment in this program to the next phase, it opens up opportunities for Canadian companies in regards to the entire JSF project.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:09 PM
I thought we had already paid a bunch of money, and gotten a bunch of contracts.
Anyhow, once the government is able to provide the kind of cost/benefit/risk analysis that would be expected from a first year accounting student then we can talk about which option makes the most sense, and what we can afford.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:17 PM
That can't really be done
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:38 PM
In which case they should share all the studies and analysis that went into this decision. Was real due dilligence put into this decision, and if so where are the artifacts that were produced by that process?
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:51 PM
What I'm saying is that they couldn't know what all the spinoffs from this particular project would be.