F-35 debacle reveals broad failure of democratic accountability

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By Andrew Coyne, PostMedia News, Calgary Herald, 7 December 2012

(…) In sum, virtually every safeguard that was supposed to protect the public purse and the public interest was subverted, evaded, or rolled over. Ministers failed to exercise oversight over their departments; Parliament was prevented from exercising oversight over ministers; the public was kept in the dark throughout. (…)

So this is about much more than the F-35. It’s not even about procurement, though it is clearly in need of radical overhaul (can we please just buy the best planes for the least money, and leave the corporate welfare out of it?). Rather, this is about democracy. (…)

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