Yet again, the needs of our men and women in uniform get put at the back of the line.
As the Bombardier-Boeing dispute continues to grow, the Trudeau government has decided to put politics ahead of giving our men and women in uniform the equipment they need to protect Canada.
With Canada’s CF-18s reaching the end of their lifespan, the government has continuously delayed replacing them. Instead of just buying some F-35s, the government waited and waited, and then started a plan to buy Boeing Super-Hornets. Yet, because of the fight between Bombardier and Boeing, the Trudeau government is going to make an even worse purchase.
According to a recent report, the government is going to buy USED F-18s from Australia. So, the plan is to buy old used F-18s to replace old used F-18’s.
It’s yet another disgraceful example of the Canadian government treating the defense of our country as an afterthought, and putting those in uniform at risk by giving them substandard equipment.
Real solution: Buy F-35s, then build up Canada’s own military production capability
Buying used F-18s is a terrible idea, as we will end up spending heavily on repairs, maintenance, and then have to replace them soon anyway. The real solution is to buy the F-35s (which despite criticism are still great and highly advanced planes), which will help cover our needs for the next few decades. In that time, we should invest in R&D, and start building a domestic military aviation industry, creating the capability to design and build our own Canadian fighter jets.
There also needs to be a broader political shift, where we start taking the defence of our country seriously, and prioritize giving those in uniform the best of the best. Politicians can’t claim to support those in uniform on the one hand, while constantly under-funding them and giving them crap equipment. After all, the Trudeau government has no problem spending tons of taxpayer money and exploding the budget deficit, but gets cheap all of a sudden when it comes to the military.
It shows where their real priorities are, and keeping Canada safe seems to be far down that list.