In two recent editorials, your paper vaguely addresses the critical issue of search and rescue without mentioning any substantive initiatives brought forward by Minister Peter MacKay to improve the search and rescue System.
Instead, you attack the character of a cabinet minister - how original.
You write about the unification of the Conservative movement without noting that over 90 per cent of Progressive Conservatives chose to do so in an open and transparent manner.
You write about Minister MacKay using government aircraft to return to work early from vacation and act as though there couldn't be a confluence of activity whereby search and rescue abilities are demonstrated, even though that is exactly what the pilot said in your own paper.
You write of Canada's handling of Taliban prisoners while failing to note there has been no proof of wrongful activity on the part of Canadians.
You speak of life cycle costs for Canada's military procurement without informing your readers that there hasn't been a penny spent on the acquisition of a future fighter jet.
Minister MacKay's recent announcement of a quadrennial search and rescue review ensures that all search and rescue partners join together in a comprehensive, systemic and standardized review every four years to ensure that Canada has the best search and rescue system possible.
The quadrennial review will assess what changes are needed to the system, act on those changes and assess them. The quadrennial review ensures that the search and rescue system is up-to-date and responsive to the needs of Canadians, including your readers.
There is only one person who had the vision and ability to deliver such a unique and worthwhile initiative and that person is Minister Peter MacKay.
Jay Paxton, Director of Communications to National Defence Minister Peter MacKay