Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, Canada is fast becoming a real “surveillance state”. One that obsessively monitors critics of public policy and government action… and the “tone” of what these critics say. The Ottawa Citizen gives us a glimpse into the Harper government’s emerging heart of darkness. Yesterday, it reported:
“Opposition parties pressed the Conservative government to come clean on the F-35 Monday even as internal documents emerged showing National Defence has been going all-out to track media coverage of the stealth fighter program.
This included categorizing news articles and blogs according to tone, following experts who were critical of the stealth fighter, and even looking for a contractor to track all mentions of the F-35 on social media sites such as Twitter.”
Well, if that’s the case, Canadian public perception nuked the costly and unnecessary project. After the auditing firm KPMG put the cost at more than $40 billion, the government suggested it’d likely revisit the project. Late last week, the National Post told us: “F-35 Dead in the Air”. The Globe and Mail added: “Ottawa scraps plan for F-35 jet”
Now, could Stephen Harper please release the full KPMG report.