This Conservative Government’s biggest single problem continues to be lack of effective communication – leaving a huge void for the Opposition and leftwing media to fill with half-truths and acrimony.
Our Gabby pointed out some facts in the previous post about the F-35s that seem to have been lost in the explanation process. Definitely worth checking out.
Thankfully we also have John Ivison cutting through some of the bafflegab and obfuscation:
…The Opposition parties are apoplectic that the KPMG estimate is five times the government’s figure. But they’re just having fun with numbers. The Harperites have consistently tried to low-ball the acquisition and running costs but both National Defence and KPMG agree the acquisition cost of 65 jets is $8.9-billion (even though the cost per plane has now risen to $88-million from the $70-75-million defence officials told a parliamentary committee).
The hugely inflated KPMG number is almost entirely attributable to the operating and sustainment costs being calculated over 42 years, not 25 years.
The cost of maintaining a new fighter jet fleet is likely to be around $1-billion a year, whichever replacement aircraft the government eventually opts for.
But those facts will all be lost in the high-pitched whine and hiss of the Opposition parties revving up their afterburners…
Try juxtaposing that against Liberal-supporting Andrew Coyne’s venomous diatribe:
…What started with a catastrophic failure of oversight, progressed through many months of dishonesty, secrecy, and stonewalling, culminating in what can only be called electoral fraud — followed by still more dishonesty about everything that had gone before…
Where was Andrew Coyne when Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal Government bought two seats with tax-payer dollars (towards the end of the election!!); and then shut down the Legislature to avoid further opposition committee scrutiny? – And then proceeded to step down and attempt to safeguard the survival of his faltering government, his legacy and his successors’ leadership race by ramming through labour agreements without the input of ‘we the people’???
It speaks well to choosing your media input carefully. Sandy has a list of suggestions on the right sidebar of her blog.
And please CPC – work on the messaging!!
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Andrew Coyne responds in comments.
In today’s (Dec. 13) National Post John Ivison warns the Tories that they’d better not pick the F-35s or it will come back to bite them in the next election.
And Andrew Coyne apparently doesn’t like ‘spin’.
Yeah, the McGuinty Government certainly never does that.
Ivison today (Dec. 14):
The point is, there are no cheap options out there. If we accept we need the capability to police our own half of the continent, and contribute to overseas operations as part of a multi-national military alliance, then we should just suck it up and stop whining about the cost.
And that leads in quite nicely to Brian Lilley’s column – Feds told truth on F-35: Opposition really about clipping air force wings. (H/T Ruth)