Trudeau Government To “Provide” Air Force With USED F-18s from Australia

Canadian pilots will be stuck with the used jets (that are almost as old as our already-declining F-18 fleet), meanwhile Australia is buying new F-18s for their Air Force.

Yet again, Canada’s military is getting substandard equipment.

Instead of simply buying new F-35’s, the Trudeau government is buying 30 used F-18 fighter Jets from Australia.

This is supposedly “punishing” Boeing for the dispute with Bombardier, as the government had been considering the purchase of F-18 Superhornet fighters.

However, the punishment will also be spread to Canadian pilots, and the Canadian people. With pilots being forced to fly used planes, there could be increased safety dangers, as was seen with the Sea King helicopter debacle.

For the Canadian people, there could be two potential costs:

First, our security will not be as strong as it could be, since the air force will be using substandard planes.

Second, there will be financial costs, as used equipment will break down more often and require more repairs down the road.

In that regard, as noted by the Globe & Mail, “In addition, industry sources said it remains an open question whether Ottawa will be saving money by buying second-hand Australian jets that are nearly as old as Canada’s CF-18s.”

It’s the continuation of a terrible and dangerous trend where governments put the defence of Canada at the back of the line, and force our men and women in uniform (or flight suits) to use equipment that is far below the standard of what other countries have.

Spencer Fernando

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Tim Pedden

Once again trudeau betrays Canadians and puts OUR MILITARY IN DANGER with his decision to by old fighter planes that are at the end of their service life. CANADIANS AND OUR PROUD MILITARY deserve a leader that STANDS FOR CANADIANS , NOT FOR ISLAMS TERRORISTS.

Wendy Lush

Does anyone remember when the Brits sold us four used lemon submarines? Don’t know if they are still operational. I think one failed immediately.

Pat Walsh

DIDN’T WE GET A GREAT DEAL ON THOSE BRITISH SUBS AWHILE BACK….???? I think its wonderful our loyal government is committed to save every taxpayer’s dollar it can. ( can’t find sarasm button again) .Once again we saddle the best troops in the world with leftover garbage….
If we aren’t already, Canada will soon be the laughing stock of the world….

Alan Burley

At least it will only be a few lost airmen trudeau thinks. In a positive light, it could be 140 Seamen in a used Submarine. trudeau HAS TO GO


It just never ends does it


An American General recently commented that some of those Australian aircraft are so old there are big problems getting some critical parts. Americans are scrapping many of their early models, even using them as target practice. Trudeau decided to show America just how tough he thinks he can be, all the while showing other nations that he is an arrogant, immature, petty little boy. He likely doesn’t realize that the pointy end of a plane goes to the front and the hot noisy bit is the back end. Our submarines are yet another story. It has cost more to try… Read more »


This is the Upholder/Victoria class debacle all over again. The bugs have been worked out of the F35s and the costs are about where projected. It’s the right play e at the right time. Which means the Fiberals will make damn sure we don’t get them.

Jean Pierre LaRocque

As far as I know this started with Pierre Elliott Trudeau and all governments have short changed the military since then…it is to me the greatest reason to fly our flag upside down…..meaning DISTRESS!!!!!!

Clive Edwards

We won’t be fighting China – they will have already invaded us without a shot fired with the “free trade” deal. The US took us over long ago even before NAFA consolidated the takeover. Ditto with Europe. So who do we have left to fight? Oh, right – first the Brits and now the Americans sucker us into fighting their wars for then. Dead Canadians means fewer dead Brits and Americans. Wave the flag and play the pipes and drums and Canadians will line up to die in someone else’s war.