What in federal politics has recently generated such a furor as the F-35 debacle? And do taxpayers have any idea of what or who to believe?
The uproar brings to mind B.C.’s HST controversy, a fumbled Liberal mess that could well be attributed to intent delivery rather than the tax itself — one way or another, politicians will extract the funds needed or desired.
Perhaps the F-35 is the best available. Perhaps there are no suitable alternatives. Perhaps the price tag is reasonable.
Unfortunately, given the Conservative shilly-shally and opposition political posturing, there’s no sure way taxpayers can properly assess the matter, even if they were truly provided the opportunity to do so.
Being new planes, at least we should be spared the extremely expensive embarrassment attached to our fleet of submarines.