BAD IDEA: Trudeau Government May Buy Old, Already-Used Fighter Jets From Australia

Once again, the security of Canada, and those who defend it, are treated as an afterthought.

The Trudeau government had considered buying new F-18 Super Hornets from Boeing as an interim solution to the aging CF-18 fleet.

However, a trade dispute between Boeing and Bombardier (Boeing alleges Bombardier is illegally subsidized), has led the government to put the Super Hornet purchase on hold.

While the two issues do not need to be linked, the Trudeau government is playing political games, trying to win support for being seen as standing up for Bombardier and punishing Boeing.

Of course, the true punishment is being imposed on those who bravely defend Canada.

Because, instead of getting new Super Hornets, it seems the Trudeau government is thinking of buying used F/A-18 fighter jets from Australia.

So, the government is planning to buy old used F-18’s to replace old used F-18’s.

It’s a terrible idea, and it is disrespectful to those who serve our country.

Canada is a vast nation with an immense airspace. We need a large number of advanced fighter jets to ensure that airspace is adequately protected. We are already part of the F-35 program, and the government should buy the F-35 ASAP.

That would solve the Boeing issue and get our pilots high-quality planes – which is better for their safety and the security of our country.

But now, it seems our pilots won’t even get new planes at all.

If the government goes ahead with the purchase of secondhand planes from Australia instead of purchasing either new Super Hornets or getting the F-35, it will be an act of weakness and disrespect, and a sad continuation of successive governments shameful failure to adequately fund our national defences.

Spencer Fernando

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