|Peter MacKay and Rona Ambrose announcing the "Reset".|
|Looking for the eject button?|
Peter MacKay himself has undergone the brunt of Canada's F-35 controversy, not to mention a controversial ride in a Cormorant helicopter. It hasn't been an easy job by any means, with added delays to the Cyclone helicopter, service personnel needing to take extra jobs to pay bills, not to mention operations in Afghanistan.
It's important to remember that, while he may have been the "face" of the Canada's Department of National Defense, MacKay is not the sole person to blame for any issues faced by Canada's DND, both real and imagined. The department itself is huge, with plenty of bureaucrats and upper echelon military types running most of the show behind the scenes. Many of these people were likely in place before MacKay got there, and will likely stay long after he leaves.
MacKay's departure didn't come as a huge surprise. Not only has the Ministry of Defense been controversial, but the pressures of the job were likely detracting him from his newborn baby and lovely wife.
I have personally met the Honourable Mr. MacKay and found him to be a personable and intelligent man, and I have heard that he's a pretty decent hockey player to boot. I wish him the best in his new job as Justice Minister.
So, who's in charge now? Rob Nicholson has basically traded places with MacKay, giving up the Justice Portfolio to become the new Minister of Defense. Meanwhile, Rona Ambrose has been replaced with Diane Finley. Whether or not this symbolizes a true change in direction with Canada's CF-18 replacement program remains to be seen, but new faces could make the F-35 controversy a little less damaging for the Conservative Party of Canada come next election.
Could this be sign of major change? Or more of the same?