...read the story:
Conservatives could face a $1-billion legal penaltyIs anybody else slightly worried about the nature of that headline? Doesn't it make it sound like the Conservatives did something wrong?
Stephen Harper's new government could face a $1-billion legal penalty after a European aerospace firm filed a claim for damages, citing political interference by the Liberals during the 2004 purchase of naval helicopters.
Bad editorial decisions aside for the moment.
In a nutshell, the story says that the new helicopters that Chrétien's Liberals cancelled in 1993 are the ones the Canadian military had again selected as its preferred choice, until "the government [allegedly] reduced the performance criteria" to exclude the EH-101 from possible selection.
So now Agusta-Westland, the maker of the chopper, is suing the people of Canada for $1,001,000,000 in damages and punitive damages.
I think Agusta-Westland is really just looking to scare the new Tory government into re-opening the bid.
Everybody who thinks the Tories need motivation in that direction, say "Aye!"