The "Perceived" Objectivity..." is What Matters For The Canadian Department of National Defence In New Fighter Aircraft Selection Process
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4:30 local (08:30 UTC) Quebec, Canada - August 5, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for fliegerfaust.com
In the wake of the publication on Fliegerfaust.com of the first article by TCA, on Wednesday July 31, the Department of National Defence (DND) of Canada issued a stern memorandum to everyone on Friday August 2. (ref:1 and 2)
In that memo, DND clearly reminded all personnel not to talk to anyone about the on-going fighter jet selection process aimed at replacing the existing Royal Canadian Air Force old Boeing Hornet CF-188 (aka CF-18).
The memo also pointed that for DND the "perceived" objectivity, --"regardless" of whether that conflict exists, as it was written in the internal note--, is what really matters. Would you believe!
But, should that keep Fliegerfaust from publishing more on the subject, more from its contributor TCA?
Let's face it, with the selection process due to end only in 2022, there should remain plenty of time to properly address so many topics on the on-going selection process, i.e. the possible involvement of political parties from both sides of the House, as a sinister backdrop to the very real, albeit not so transparent, process going on between Public Works, Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and DND…
But, according to qualified observers, it appears that quite a few Lockheed Martin (F-35) cronies and other hobnobbers are coming in an out of places in the Ottawa area as well as in some other venues across Canada, but I can confirm I did not see anyone in my backyard yet and nothing on the security cameras…
Also, some elected officials of the Canadian government, --be they plain backbenchers or rank ministers--, could already have felt some pressure by people representing one of the vendors. Tell me, has anyone observed some traffic in and out of the OCIEC office (Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner) yet? Could the RCMP have been contacted too?
The new fighter jet contract is valued at $20+ billion… Now, frankly, how far would you risk going, what strings would you try pulling, to win this deal?
Stay tuned, as always to fliegerfaust.com
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