Archive for the ‘Budget’ Category

Cost of Typhoon fighter jet soars

- July 11th, 2013


Reports of skyrocketing costs and quality control problems could make the Eurofighter Typhoon too expensive for Canada’s tastes.

German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reports the Typhoon has suffered from shoddy manufacturing and software problems, causing delays and cost overruns.

It says the German defence ministry now “estimates the cost of the program at $22.8 billion by 2018″ for 143 aircraft. Read more…

$56 million just to build Nanisivik refuelling facility

- July 5th, 2013


Don’t let the $56 million price tag fool you.

That estimated construction cost for a military gas station in Nanisivik, Nunavut only covers about half the budget set aside for the project.

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Doesn’t inspire confidence

- May 6th, 2013

How confused can politicians be about what they do for a living? Best not to ask, especially given Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak’s latest inspiration to force politicians to explain why they won’t show lack of confidence in a ministry they might have confidence in.

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Stuff governments say

- April 15th, 2013

The federal government has decided to stop waiving $60 gun-licence renewal fees in the hope of raising about $18 million a year. Now on the face of it the decision to collect an existing paperwork fee makes more sense than the decision not to collect it (unless you think not collecting it since 2006 was a cynical political sop to gun owners pending abolition of the long-gun registry). But the rationale is extraordinary. According to the National Post, the Canada Gazette entry says: “The government will not renew the current fee waiver in the current climate of fiscal restraint”. How is grabbing more cash “fiscal restraint”?

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Imperious president

- April 10th, 2013

The divider-in-chief strikes again: President Obama tables a budget and his administration declares that Republicans can take it or leave it. So there, you obstinate cretins.

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