Ceasefire.ca calls for release of KPMG report on the F-35

Dear Ceasefire.ca supporter,

I spent this morning on Parliament Hill. Stephen Harper’s government is in an absolute turmoil over the F-35 stealth fighters.

The Globe and Mail headline is “Ottawa scraps plan for F-35 jet,” while the National Post reads, “F-35 Dead in the Air.” Despite the headlines, which were spurred by an unnamed government source, the Harper government says nothing has changed. What is the truth?

Our Ceasefire.ca team responded quickly to the news reports, and we held a press conference on Parliament Hill.

Watch the video of our press conference: http://youtu.be/2ihlm_tAtRQ.

As you know, my commitment to you is to act as a voice for peace in Ottawa, and to confront Stephen Harper’s pro-war plans at every turn. So that’s what we tried to do.

You see, I am very concerned that this coverage is a smoke screen to hide the fact that  Harper is sitting on another bombshell report, showing the costs of his F-35 stealth fighter scheme approaching $40 billion (by comparison, in April, the Auditor General estimated $25 billion, and in March the PBO said $30 billion).

We demanded that the Harper government release the latest F-35 report, which was written by financial firm KMPG. There is only one week left before MPs take their holiday break. I bet Harper is counting the days.

We also explained to reporters that the F-35is an offensive weapon system, to be used for “shock-and-awe” bombing missions. Canada has no need for it!

Today has been a very important day in our campaign. There’s no doubt that the Harper government is feeling the heat, but we need to keep up the pressure to stop the F-35 stealth fighters.

Thanks for your ongoing support, and everything you do for peace.

In peace,

Steven Staples

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3 Responses to “Ceasefire.ca calls for release of KPMG report on the F-35”

  1. MikeDecember 8, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    The F-35 has also been severely compromised. When the Pentagon lost a 1TB hard drive that contained data on all of the aircraft’s electronic countermeasures, it’s weapons systems and some of the stealth technology used on it. It has never been recovered and any potential buyer of the plane should assume that the information on that hard drive is no longer a secret. Rendering it useless as a weapons system. I guess the Pentagon has tried to act like it wasn’t a big deal when they couldn’t find that hard drive.(yeah, I bet!) This mishap requires all the systems and mechanical specs contained on that hard drive be reworked and redesigned or risk catastrophe in combat. I doubt the arrogant dolts in charge of the program agree and I doubt they could get the money to do it anyways considering how much over budget the POS already is!

  2. RobDecember 8, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Keep up the wonderful work that you are doing on behalf of all Canadians!


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