OTTAWA – The politics of military procurement preoccupied the federal leaders today as they fired rhetorical missiles at each other over the future of Canada’s ill-fated attempt to buy new fighter jets.

Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair both blasted Justin Trudeau for announcing yesterday that he would scrap the multibillion-dollar purchase of F-35 stealth fighters to replace the current aging fleet of CF-18s.

The Conservative and NDP leaders both said it showed a lack of judgment by the Liberal leader.

04:49

Canada

Trudeau promises no penalty to cancel F35 deal, jobs in London won’t disappear

01:38

Canada

Trudeau says F35 cost will be used in open competition, chooses to invest in Navy

01:33

Canada

Trudeau showed ‘total lack of experience’ with F35 announcement: Mulcair

02:54

Top Story

Trudeau vows to scrap F-35 program, use savings to increase navy spending




Harper questioned “what planet” Trudeau was living on, while Mulcair said Trudeau was pre-judging the public tendering process.

Experts say the F-35 purchase would cost taxpayers about 44-billion dollars over the four-decade lifespan of the Lockheed Martin jets.

The F-35 project is on hold after the auditor general offered a scathing critique of the procurement, so the military is working to extend the lifespan of the current CF-18 fleet.

HangZhou Night Net

Related

  • Liberal plan to scrap F-35s shows only Tories can keep Canadians safe: Harper

  • Reality Check, debate edition: How ‘truthy’ were Trudeau, Harper, Mulcair?

©2015

 

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.