Igor and Steve
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.”