WEAK: Trudeau Government Likely To Buy USED F-18s From Australia

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.

Spencer Fernando

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Timothy Hickey

Canada First ~ How about taking the Super Avro Arrow and producing them right here in Canada! It is still the best most agile fighter in the world and can be produced and manufactured right here in Canada at a substantial savings to taxpayers! Restoring our Bank of Canada to its mandated raison d’etre would be a Canadian Way to finance the production of it right here in Canada! Thinking about become a Neutral Nation outside of the United Nations, and doing things the Canadian Way might be the elixir that the vast Majority of Canadians NEED AT THIS TIME!… Read more »

Raymond Drapeau

Je suis très content de savoir que certain canadiens réalisent jusqu’à quel point nous sommes exploités chez-nous par des Trudeau et “leur famille” De la Confédération à 1974, le Canada s’est impliqué dans deux guerres mondiales; a traversé une dépression majeure; a construit de vastes infrastructures, telles que la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent, l’autoroute Trans-Canada, des aéroports internationaux, des chemins de fer nationaux (le Canadien National); et a implanté des programmes de protection sociale comme les allocations familiales, la Pension de la Sécurité de vieillesse, le Régime de pensions du Canada, le Système de soins de santé universel. Tout ça,… Read more »

Don Harrison

Spencer you are bang on with your observation re developing a Canadian military entity. At one time as you are aware we led the world with a fighter interceptor that Defienbaker scrapped. The Avro Arrow was so far ahead of every other fighter aircraft that even the yanks were interested in it. Canadian engineering can be once again at the top of the world accomplishments but not with this P.M. Thank you for your every day observations. The Canadian media, CBC has turned into a fluff reporting source. Are they controlled by the Liberals? The biggest story that no one… Read more »


One particular thing I like about this blog is that rather than merely highlighting the issues and pinpointing the flaws in the policies (which is an awesome job by itself), it provides thought-provoking & practical solutions to those issues. Hats-off to you Spencer.

Jack Grandville

This government and specifically Trudeau himself, as it was with daddy, not only hates Canada itself but also hates our armed forces and sees them as an expense not worthy of consideration, again following daddy’s lead. Perhaps my comments that he is the perfect example of the Manchurian Candidate, are becoming more and more obvious to those who perceived my original comment about this as being far-fetched. There is far too much evidence, in my view, that supports my theory to simply say ‘it cannot be that way.’ Everything he does is according to the precise thought processes of Pierre… Read more »


Why would Australia get rid of perfectly of good working CF18s? Cant believe with all the millions that Trudeau is sending overseas that Canada is unable to buy CF18s as if we were a third-world country.


Because they’re buying new F35’s
Might as well find some sucker to take away the leftovers


1st- the avro arrow was NOT so far advanced for the era and nether was it an air to air fighter -by virtue of its huge size and internal bomb bay. these are hallmarks of a long range nuclear attack bomber-such as the similarly sized F111 aardvark. in terms of multirole fighter/bomber, the US was deploying F4 Phantom just several years after and it was comparably fast.