Conservative handling of F-35 reckless with taxpayer dollars (letter)
London Community News
When undertaking the most expensive military procurement ever, respect for hard-earned taxpayer dollars should be priority number one. But when it comes to the costs of the F-35 stealth fighter jets, Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Joe Preston and the Conservative Party failed to be up front with Canadians.
But the recent Auditor General’s report has shredded the Conservatives’ deception about the project: Stephen Harper low-balled Canadians on the project’s total cost.
The report confirms the government knew the F-35 would cost $25 billion, but told Canadians $15 billion — $10 billion less. That’s a $10 billion mismanagement of your money.
Nearly two years ago, the Liberals first raised a red flag about these concerns — only to meet with Conservative denials and deception.
Mr. Preston and the Conservative Party must stop being reckless with your tax dollars. Canada should hold an open competition to secure the planes our troops need at the right price.
John McKay, Defence Critic
Liberal Party of Canada