That was yesterday's subject of discussion on Power & Politics, the CBC's daily political discussion program. The F-35 program seems to be producing never-ending fodder for discussion because the Harpocritters continue to lie about the cost of the proposed procurement on an almost daily basis. Since they managed to obtain majority representation in the House of Commons with their 39% share of the vote last May (what does that say about democracy in Canada?), their communications strategy seems to have gone to hell, what with one disaster after another.
Thursday's question was: Did the government mislead taxpayers on the cost of F-35 jets?
The poll response was: 95% said YES, 5% said NO. So, even the Harper supporters who usually comment here, either said yes, or abstained. Of course, this is not scientific polling. So Canada's right-wing faction still has a secure 30% share of support.
My comment to the question was this:
"There is no question that Harper, his ministers and assorted political spokespersons lied about the currently assumed cost of the F-35 program.
But consider Harper's record. If you've followed Harper's federal political career since he came to Ottawa as Preston Manning's assistant in the 80's as I have, one thing stands out. He has always lied about anything he didn't want Canadians to know, just as he's broken almost every political promise he's ever made. So why would anyone trust him to tell the truth now?
You don't have to be a brain surgeon to figure this out, all you have to do is listen to him whenever he opens his mouth."
The response (as of noon today) is this: THUMBS UP - 66, THUMBS DOWN - 1
Speaks for itself.