Saturday, March 14, 2009

Porky Peter

One supposes Canadian politicians, of all stripes, simply have to do this sort of thing:
MacKay begins cross-country contract tour
Military infrastructure announcements part of government stimulus plans
An earlier example:
The Jerc and Globemaster III benefits' train rolls back to Ontario
But not pork enough for some:
Members of the country's aerospace and defence industry, as well as opposition MPs, have been critical about the lack of work for Canadian-based firms from the multi-billion-dollars equipment programs the Conservatives have underway for the Canadian Forces. In the summer of 2006, the Harper government announced that it would spend billions of dollars on C-17 and C-130J transport planes and Chinook helicopters [whenever will that Chinook contract be signed?].

The C-17s, already delivered, were built in California while the C-130Js are going to be built in Georgia. The Chinook helicopters that the government is in the process of trying to acquire will be built in Philadelphia...
Did anyone expect them to be built in Canada? Come on.

Update: And more to come as the MND heads eastward:
MacKay announces Edmonton military spending as part of $400 million package

EDMONTON - The federal government is spending about $41 million at three military installations in Alberta to upgrade facilities and create jobs.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the projects will take place over the next two years.

The money will build new quarters at the Edmonton Garrison, modernize and expand the water treatment system at CFB Wainwright and refurbish refuelling equipment at 4 Wing in Cold Lake.

The announcement is part of a cross-country swing MacKay is making during which he will announce about $400 million in military spending.

MacKay says the spending is new money and not part of the government's overall economic stimulus package.
No more posting on this gravy train tour, being rather stuffed with pork reporting.


Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

SIGH ... Would somebody please remind these whining unionists and xenophobes that the Great Satan Defense Dept. spends BILLIONS per year for military items manufactured in Canada?

And that even that number pales in comparison with the enormous bilateral trade American and Canadian companies do, with a huge surplus in Canada's favor. (They can even spell it "favour", if that's more PC-palatable! ;-)

Canada and America are each other's biggest customers, creating enormous wealth and millions of jobs on both sides of our shared border.

Let's take a look at some official Canadian Government data, from the Statistics Canada website.

In the first year shown, 2003, Canada imported $240.4 billion in American manufactured goods and exported to America $329 billion, with a net trade surplus of $88.6 billion in Canada's favor. In last year, 2008, Canada imported $280.7 billion from America and exported $369.8 billion to America, with a net surplus of $89.1 billion in Canada's favor.

That's also an approx. growth of 12% in 5 years in Canadian manufactured exports to America.

Now compare the Canadian-American numbers shown with the relatively tiny ones between Canada's other major international trading partners.

Notwithstanding all this, those guys are still crying in their beer about a few hundred lousy trucks and a few dozen lousy aircraft?! SHEESH! Gimme a break! Otherwise, I'll stop buying Molsons! :-)

4:30 p.m., March 15, 2009  

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