Igor and Steve

The Compass - - OPINION -

Some­thing we re­ally do have a rea­son to be scared about is the way the con­tract is be­ing ne­go­ti­ated. No bid­ding process. Once upon a time I did some con­tract work for the fed­eral govern­ment. In those days any con­tract over $2,000 had to go to a com­pet­i­tive bid. Now I re­al­ize that time has passed and with it in­fla­tion has, well ... in­flated, but $16 bil­lion with no bid? Wouldn’t it be pru­dent to at least kick the tires on a cou­ple of other planes be­fore sign­ing the con­tract? Par­tic­u­larly when you have just an­nounced that a pe­riod of belt-tight­en­ing is right around the corner?

What is pre­dictable about all this is that politi­cians in power who sense a vac­uum of lead­er­ship in the op­po­si­tion will try to take ad­van­tage of it to get away with things that an alert pub­lic would never stand for.

What is pre­dictable is that pol­i­tics has its cy­cles. That fol­low­ing a pe­riod when the Cana­dian pub­lic had a se­vere al­lergy to Ge­orge W. Bush, there would come a time when Cana­di­ans would cease think­ing all things Amer­i­can were all that dan­ger­ous and they would go back to sleep.

What isn’t pre­dictable is how fast it can hap­pen and how de­struc­tive it can be.

If Stephen Harper was a hur­ri­cane, say Hur­ri­cane Igor, the hand­some young man point­ing at the swirling mass on the weather map would be say­ing: “Man, this thing is big, it’s com­ing fast and it’s go­ing to do a whole lot of dam­age.”

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