Bob Rae is laying the blame for the stealth-fighter fiasco squarely on Stephen Harper – and he’s demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation.
The Interim Liberal Leader says Mr. Harper “lied” to Canadians during last May’s election about having contractual protection against skyrocketing costs for the F-35 jets.
And he says Mr. Harper deliberately misled Parliament as well.
Mr. Rae’s all-out attack on the Prime Minister comes on the heels of a scathing report by Auditor-General Michael Ferguson, who concluded that the Department of National Defence manipulated the process, low-balled cost estimates and kept Parliament in the dark to ensure it got the fighter jets it wanted, without competition.
The Liberal chief says it’s simply not credible for Mr. Harper, a reputed control freak who micromanages every aspect of his government, to claim he was unaware of the problems.
He notes that the news has been full of reports of escalating costs and that both the Congressional Budget Office in the United States and Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, have pegged the costs at billions more than the $9-billion touted by the Harper government.
“You can’t get away with the fiction that a $10-billion mistake in calculating the cost of the F-35 stealth fighter … had nothing to do with the man in charge, with the man whose name and whose moniker is on every single publication of this government,” Mr. Rae told a special Liberal caucus meeting Wednesday.
“He cannot now pretend that he was just the piano player in the brothel who didn’t have a clue as to what was really going on upstairs.”
I don’t know, I thought it was humorous.Do you think Bob Rae is going to far?
No. Stephen Harper SHOULD resign. Or be kicked the fuck out. (But I don’t really want Bob Rae to replace him either)
Rae would be world’s better than Harper in almost every way, but I do agree. There are better replacements, and harper needs to go. By any means. Eventually he’s going to get caught in his web of spin. Hopefully before 2015.