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[Canadian PM] Harper takes flak over plane's red, white, and blue paint job
TORONTO SUN ^ | JUNE 8, 2013 | DAVID AKIN

Posted on 06/08/2013 9:41:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is getting flak over what critics say is a partisan new paint job given to the military plane that flies him to overseas events.

The Royal Canadian Air Force recently had RCAF-01, the specially outfitted CC-150 Polaris used by the prime minister, in the shop for a "heavy maintenance" checkup, a $2.5-million routine it goes through every six years.

The plane normally gets a new paint job during this checkup, but instead of coming out of the shop with a fresh coat of its dull, nondescript greenish grey, it came out with a sparkling red, white, and blue paint job with lots of swooshes and swoops.

Using red, white, and blue paint on the plane cost $50,000 more than the old paint would.

And it didn't matter to the opposition that the red, white, and blue of RCAF-01 happens to be the official colours of the Royal Canadian Air Force. All they could see was the red, white, and blue of the Conservative Party of Canada.

"I don't think we've ever seen a government in Canadian history that so readily blurred the lines between government money and party money," NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair told reporters Friday. "The colours of the plane, the whole detailing, is clearly patterned on the Conservative Party."

In the House of Commons, Liberal MP John McCallum kept it up.

"I did not think the government could come up with one action that would waste money, hurt the Canadian Forces, and inflate the prime minister's ego all at once." he said.

Conservative MPs defended the plane's new livery.

"This repainting (was) part of the routine maintenance. It is a small proportion of the overall cost. And it is done with a view to promoting Canada, promoting Canada's interest abroad, in our best traditions, as we have always done," said Conservative MP Chris Alexander.

Harper will put his freshly painted jet to its first use next week to take cabinet ministers, aides, and a group of Parliamentary Press Gallery reporters to Europe, where he will touch down in London, Paris and Dublin before finishing up at the annual G8 summit to be held this year in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.

While he's London, Harper will give a speech to the U.K. Parliament, an honour not afforded a Canadian prime minister since William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1944.

Old and New Paint Jobs:



TOPICS: Canada
KEYWORDS: a310300; airbus
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FYI: Thomas Mulcair is Canada's version of Al Gore and John McCallum is Canada's version of Leon Panetta.
1 posted on 06/08/2013 9:41:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

LMAO

I don’t know how to spell it, or even what it means, but the first thing that comes to mind is...

Suc Le Bleu...

Oh the tender mercies, painting a plane like this. How dare they?


2 posted on 06/08/2013 9:45:12 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama lied and four men died after he went to hide...)
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To: rickmichaels

Change a few decals and they can lease it to Hillary! for the 2016 campaign stint.


3 posted on 06/08/2013 9:46:28 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: rickmichaels

The new paint job looks alot better.


4 posted on 06/08/2013 9:46:58 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: rickmichaels
The plane looks good, imho.

Official RCAF colors?

Well gee, can't have that.

Maybe they should strip the nice paint job off and go back to the drab one (/s).

5 posted on 06/08/2013 9:48:08 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Sure does. No confusing it for a “USA - American” plane. Literally covered in Maple leaves — LOL.


6 posted on 06/08/2013 9:48:40 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: rickmichaels

If the plane had simply been repainted the same dull colors, the cost would have been fine.

Different colors? Now it’s a scandal. Total B. S.


7 posted on 06/08/2013 9:49:40 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama lied and four men died after he went to hide...)
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To: rickmichaels

Looks like a 737.

The original paint job was ugly and uninspiring.

Perhaps the liberals could get themselves an old Fokker Tri-Motor to make themselves feel better.


8 posted on 06/08/2013 9:50:39 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: rickmichaels

I’m not so fond of the new paint job as I think the old was horrific. Dull. Dull. Dull. That’s no way to promote Canada. Harper was right to bring visibility to his country through its head of state’s designated aircraft.


9 posted on 06/08/2013 9:51:43 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: DoughtyOne

Sacrebleu: An old French profanity meant as a cry of surprise or anger. It originated from the swear words “sacré bleu,” a Marian oath, referring to the color (i.e., “sacred blue”) associated with Mary, mother of Jesus.


10 posted on 06/08/2013 9:53:20 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Why can’t we get upset over $50K? Seems like it has to be in the billions before anyone cares in this country.


11 posted on 06/08/2013 9:54:29 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: rickmichaels

I guess I’m dense. I don’t get the problem. The aircraft looks really good and doesn’t look like it is headed for the aircraft graveyard!!


12 posted on 06/08/2013 9:54:51 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: headstamp 2
Airbus A310-300

Similar in size to a 767.

13 posted on 06/08/2013 9:55:11 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: rickmichaels

I’m not a Canadian so my opinion certainly doesn’t mean much but to me the colorful version is better.Although Canada’s a relatively small country (population-wise) you’d think that the Prime Minister would have one or more aircraft dedicated to him as do many Western leaders.When the President/Prime Minster of a country flies somewhere,particularly to a foreign country,you’d think that something a little more lively than the first aircraft pictured would be better “PR” for the country.


14 posted on 06/08/2013 9:56:50 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: EDINVA

Actually, Queen Elizabeth is Canada’s head of state.


15 posted on 06/08/2013 9:57:21 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Thanks for the background Rick. I had heard it used in the context you explained, so I was pretty sure it worked here.

I appreciate the response.


16 posted on 06/08/2013 9:59:01 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama lied and four men died after he went to hide...)
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To: rickmichaels

oops .. and I knew that !


17 posted on 06/08/2013 10:01:58 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: DustyMoment
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18 posted on 06/08/2013 10:02:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: headstamp 2
Looks like a 737.

The wings say "Airbus" to me.I've never seen Boeing place those "things" (don't know what they're called..I'm not an aeronautical engineer) on the bottom of their wings.

19 posted on 06/08/2013 10:02:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: cripplecreek

Does Bruce Dickinson pilot that bird?


20 posted on 06/08/2013 10:06:22 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: DoughtyOne
Blacque Jacques Shellac, Canada's very own French-Canadian Yosemite Sam, can be seen and heard uttering the phrase here.
21 posted on 06/08/2013 10:08:46 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Put a maple leaf or two on this baby and your PM would turn some heads arriving in Washington,London or Beijing!

22 posted on 06/08/2013 10:09:29 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: rickmichaels
The Winnipeg Jets (National Hockey League) logo:


23 posted on 06/08/2013 10:12:40 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: EricT.

Yeah, Dickenson is multi talented. I believe he’s also one of the top rated fencers in the world.

He was rescuing people trapped in Lebanon during the last round of heavy fighting.


24 posted on 06/08/2013 10:13:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Is it rusted?

I like the new paint job. Very snappy and a good ad for Canada.


25 posted on 06/08/2013 10:13:42 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: cripplecreek

Now that’s a bad@ss jet.


26 posted on 06/08/2013 10:18:38 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: buffaloguy; rickmichaels
Is it rusted?

Yah,I should have specified that it needed a cleanup before the maple leafs were applied.

27 posted on 06/08/2013 10:19:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Canada once had an airline with a similar paint scheme: CP Air


28 posted on 06/08/2013 10:22:51 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: headstamp 2

It’s an A320 variant.


29 posted on 06/08/2013 10:24:17 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar)
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To: andyk
Why can’t we get upset over $50K? Seems like it has to be in the billions before anyone cares in this country.

This has been a nearly 4 year long dispute; the present paint scheme is slightly updated from the current vip paint scheme, but the dispute wasn't over the extra cost of the paint job, it was over a plane that is designated for multiple missions, including missions into combat territory, where the (politicians) military wanted a lo vis paint scheme.

In reality, they are up in arms not over a 50k additional cost of painting, but in the effective seizing of a military asset for use by politicians. The silly argument that it is in the colors of a particular political party is sideshow stuff to try to make an old dispute appear fresh and relevant.

As others have said, this paint scheme is a better image for Canada for foreign dignitary visits. But the paint and the internal upgrades makes this a single mission aircraft, likely unfit for moving troops in battle areas... Well, maybe not really, since when this plane is used, the US is typically using commercial charters, which don't have lo vis paint schemes. And some of the upgrades have made the plane more survivable in an engagement scenario, and neither paint scheme was effective against the biggest danger in a combat arena.

30 posted on 06/08/2013 10:25:38 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: 3Fingas

I’m surprised that AF1 doesn’t have a Kenyan Flag on it. Or the Obama symbol.


31 posted on 06/08/2013 10:25:57 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: EDINVA

The old paint job was RCAF standard for troop transports; RCAF-01 was acquired as part of a fleet of transport A/C.


32 posted on 06/08/2013 10:26:19 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Obama was born in Mobassalulu.


33 posted on 06/08/2013 10:27:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rickmichaels
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

34 posted on 06/08/2013 10:31:52 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar)
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To: rickmichaels; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

35 posted on 06/08/2013 10:32:14 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Flap track fairings and Boeing uses them as well.


36 posted on 06/08/2013 10:35:56 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Squawk 8888

A ‘camo’ look for troop transport is understandable, but not for transporting the PM on international junkets that always involve ‘selling’ his country.


37 posted on 06/08/2013 10:36:18 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: kingu

Thank you!


38 posted on 06/08/2013 10:38:06 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Squawk 8888
A310

The A320 is a single aisle, not a widebody like the A310, similar in size to a 737.

39 posted on 06/08/2013 10:41:33 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Squawk 8888
I landed in Chicago from Mpls many years back and many passengers on our airplane happened to be Japanese. As we rolled toward the terminal, the Japanese guys let go with a verbal Oh-aaah !
A big Flying Tigers 747 freighter whistled past us on another runway. it was painted with the familiar Flying Tiger jaw full of teeth and looked great in the afternoon sunlight.
40 posted on 06/08/2013 10:43:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Looks like a flying turd.


41 posted on 06/08/2013 10:47:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: DustyMoment
You can't get the problem? Let me explain.

Canada is in fantastic shape economically. We are awash in oil and gas and other resources. PM Harper is doing an outstanding job of managing the country and its finances. Our biggest problem is getting all that oil out to the market.

The opposition parties are populated by idiots and lunatics. They are: the left, the far left, and the separatists who think they are going to leave Canada, be better off, and get paid to do so. They have absolutely nothing to complain about. So they complain about a fantastic paint job on a plane that will probably be a prototype for every RCAF plane that gets repainted.

That's about it.

42 posted on 06/08/2013 10:54:12 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (The IRS--a softer Gestapo)
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To: rickmichaels

Thanks. Labeau on Hogan’s Heroes used to say it quite often.


43 posted on 06/08/2013 10:54:51 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama lied and four men died after he went to hide...)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

My spousal unit is a Maritimer. I showed her this and her opinion is not the cost but that the Pea Soupers were not consulted from a fashion sense.

Paint it like a plate of poutine and all will be resolved.


44 posted on 06/08/2013 11:00:39 AM PDT by llevrok (Joe Biden is the Fredo Corleone of the Obama crime family.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Yah,I guess they do.But on Airbus they seem to be more “pronounced” than on recent Boeings that I’ve seen (747,777,etc).
45 posted on 06/08/2013 11:16:07 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
I’m surprised that AF1 doesn’t have a Kenyan Flag on it. Or the Obama symbol.

The hammer & sickle would be even more fitting.

46 posted on 06/08/2013 11:17:50 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
A big Flying Tigers 747 freighter whistled past us on another runway. it was painted with the familiar Flying Tiger jaw full of teeth and looked great in the afternoon sunlight.

Among my most vivid airport memories was,while leaving the old Kai Tak Airport after having just arrived for my first visit to Hong Kong,looking up and seeing a bright orange Braniff 747 just about scraping the nearby rooftops as it approached the runway.I managed to shoot a picture of it but have since lost it.This was something like 30 years ago.

47 posted on 06/08/2013 11:23:58 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Yep. The old paint job looks awful for a plane that has to make diplomatic trips. Imagine AF1 painted dark grey.


48 posted on 06/08/2013 11:31:29 AM PDT by matt04
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To: cripplecreek

Remind me to never go there.


49 posted on 06/08/2013 11:41:19 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

True that.


50 posted on 06/08/2013 11:41:43 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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