Saturday, October 02, 2010

Saturday notes

A few odds and ends...

1. There was a nugget in a Postmedia report last night, as a follow-up on the Christian Paradis aide resignation story, which should properly be a Christian Paradis resignation story. This:
The commission is already investigating a previous complaint of access censorship by Togneri — a case he had said was "a mistake" that happened only once. The commission is also conducting a systemic investigation into "political interference" in access requests in 15 government departments.
I haven't seen that anywhere before, that the Information Commissioner's office investigation, the broader one she's launched, covers the issue of political interference in 15 departments. Possibly a huge story in the making.

By the way, how'd you like to be a political staffer like Togneri in this government right about now? High times.

2. Interesting closing observation in Susan Riley's column yesterday on the Harperland book:
...he doesn't emerge as a likeable, or high-minded leader in Harperland. In fact, it is stunning that so many insiders would speak so candidly (if carefully) to someone supposedly in the enemy camp, especially while Harper still wields power.
It is kind of stunning and worth thinking about.

3. Peter MacKay has put a halt to an imam's appearance at a Defence department Islamic History Month ceremony next week. Despite this imam's stature, referenced in the Globe piece, MacKay is doing so based on statements made in 2004 by a former executive of the Canadian Islamic Congress. The imam in question here is the present director of the Congress, Zijad Delic. Apparently it was ok for Delic to speak at the Foreign Affairs department in 2008 and persons at National Defence thought Delic was a fitting speaker for their educational event. The difference in 2010? Charles McVety speaking up most outlandishly about it? Could very well be. Seems like a needlessly divisive decision and in sync with the typical decision making criteria for this government.

4. F-35 news not of the good variety:
Flight testing of Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet, the costliest U.S. arms purchase, has been suspended after discovery of a fuel pump sequencing problem that could have caused engine stall, the Defense Department said Friday.
All three F-35 models have been grounded as a precaution pending "minor" modification of software that controls signal timing, Cheryl Irwin, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement emailed after the close of markets.
The radar-evading F-35, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is the Pentagon's costliest acquisition at a projected total of up to $382 billion for 2,457 planes over the next two decades.