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Canadian Government Keeps Failing with F-35 Fighter Jets

Canadian Government Keeps Failing with F-35 Fighter Jets

The F-35 file has been causing problems for the Conservative government for months now and things aren’t going to be any easier when the House of Commons returns in the fall.

The Ottawa Citizen has found documents that show not only will the fighter jets cost more than the Conservatives were telling Canadians during the 2011 election campaign, they also won’t be ready for delivery before the current jets have to be retired. The documents seem to indicate that the F-35s won’t be ready until at least two years after the CF-18s pass their expiration date.

This means that the government has failed to meet another one of the requirements for the replacement jets as laid out by National Defence for Parliament. It also means that every time the government and DND pushed back against the opposition and assured Canadians that there would be overlap between the two jets, they were lying.

The Prime Minister himself has said that they will ensure that “…our troops have the tools they need to do their work…” Two years without any jets seems like a failure on that level.

The government tried and failed to shut down the committee looking into the F-35 purchase, but whether the promised cost estimates will actually be made available to that committee remains to be seen. The government refused to give any estimate to the House before it rose for the summer saying that all numbers have to be verified and validated.

Government ministers say they are trying to ensure “due diligence” in replacing the CF-18s that’s due diligence after they got caught playing by their own rules.

We will certainly see ministers traveling around the country this summer, reminding Canadians that we have to support our troops, that the F-35 project will bring money and jobs to Canada (through the aerospace industry) and when there’s real trouble, that this acquisition process was started under the Liberals.

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2:26PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Noted.

8:19AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Bonnie C: I don't understand what your comment has to do with the CANADIAN government buying overpriced crap (apparantly sans engines) for astronomical amounts of money while LYING blatantly about the rising costs to the CANADIAN taxpayers. Vermont? I'm not sure that the Canadian military stations sweet F.A. stateside. leastwise their new toys, should they get them, nor what good they might do you - please elaborate on your comment in case I missed something. :)

6:27AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE AGAINST THE F-35 JETS COMING TO BURLINGTON, VERMONT. THEY NEED TO REPLACE AND RETIRE THE F-16 BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING OLD. I KNOW THAT THE F-35 IS NOISEY AND THEY TAKE OFF OVER HOUSES, BUT WE REALLY NEED THEM HERE IN VERMONT. WHEN 911 HAPPENED, IT WAS OUR JETS HERE IN VERMONT THAT SECURED AND PROTECTED THE WHOLE EAST COAST. I ALSO LIVE IN THE FLIGHT PATH OF THESE JETS HERE IN HINESBURG, SO I KNOW ABOUT THE NOISE. WE NEED THESE F-35 JETS HERE IN VERMONT. VT. THEY ARE NOT THAT MUCH LOUDER THEN THE F-16 JETS. THINK ABOUT THE EASTERN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES. WHEN SOMEONE DECIDES TO BOMB US. DO YOU WANT TO WAIT FOR THE JETS TO COME FROM UTAH???? I DON'T THINK SO.

5:01PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Thanks for the info.

1:41PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

funny how these conservatives all preach about fiscal responsibility until they get their hands on the checkbook. I guess fiscal responsibility only applies to cutting social programs?

1:04PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

It's important to note that they're NOT jets. The crap F35's these morons want come with NO ENGINES. They also don't come with avionics or weapons.

The only engines that could be put into them, are single engines. Which is really screwed for long range arctic patrol, which is presumably what they're built for. That patrol NEEDS 2 engined aircraft... One engine fails in an F18, and you still have the other. In an F35, you crash & die. They don't have the option for extra fuel tanks and are set up for SHORT range hit & run attacks, NOT long distance patrol... AKA if the government couldn't find a worse plane to do the job. It's like they deliberately looked at what was needed & went the complete opposite.

Add in the high tech helmet NEEDED to be able to fly the things, doesn't work at all. It's a POS system.

Then again, with no engines at all, it's not like they'll be flying many patrols anyway.

12:01PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Kasia - You sound like a child. Not old enough to vote yet? Or you did- and are having a hard time accepting that you only get the one vote like I hear so many others whining about.. Still young enough to believe that politicians don't lie? Tsk tsk - from the archives of what most of you seem to think of as "the good guys" in our political system; I voted for them that election on the sole basis of this one LIE: In 1993, the Liberal Party of Canada released its Red Book — a document that spelled out what a Liberal government would do once elected. One of the Party’s KEY PLEDGES was to replace the GST “with a system that generates equivalent revenues, is fairer to consumers and to small business, and promotes federal-provincial fiscal cooperation and harmonization.” In that election, the Liberals won a majority government, electing 177 members to the House of Commons on October 25th. Guess what they did after their huge win? Betcha already know, eh? Yup, our system sucks, doesn't it? Am getting mighty sick of listening to the same old moaning - ooooo - harpers like a demon - oooooo sucks to be us - ooooo - only x % voted for him- oooo broken promises - GROW UP PEOPLE!!!!! What party so far hasn't bent us over and shoved whatever the heck they want up our (collective) butts? Did everyone just arrive all bright eyed in this country with no context of its history? Everyone assumed this was the great promised land, where the UIC ski team reigned supreme?

10:56AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Michael O is right. I have no idea how McKay hangs on other than he's a Harper lackey. The entire government is a bunch of corrupt bastards. Time to storm the Bastille.
Does anyone remember the Avro Arrow in the 50's? Way ahead of it's time but scuttled and even the models destroyed. Why? Too advanced. The US demanded it be scuttled as it was superior to their fighters. Then they copied it with their own. How do I know? My father worked on it and I remember him coming home from Conneticut, where he had been sent from Canada, and saying "The damned Americans scuttled the Arrow." Then he was layed off.

10:04AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

The Harper Dictatorship (even when it was just the Harper Minority Government) has lied continually to Canadians. Parliament was dissolved TWICE because they lied (in order to avoid Criminal Charges as well). Harper should be shot, twice, in the head, and the rest of the conservatives sent to work camps for the damage they have done to Canada. These fascists have no place in Canada.

9:05AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

I'm not sure what's going on with this F-35 mess, however I am a little surprised that nobody else has any long term memory left regarding the history behind this: In 1997 Canada signed on to be involved in the aircraft's design — at a cost of $10 million.(which leader started us down this rosy path?) In 2001 the federal government signs on to the second phase of the program. Treasury Board approves $171 million for the second phase. A Canadian representative is assigned to the F-35 program office. DND completes a preliminary analysis of five aircraft that could replace the aging CF-18 fleet. The federal government agrees to the third phase of the F-35 project and Treasury Board officials approve $192 million in spending to be part of the $276 billion U.S. program — the most expensive U.S. weapons program in history. Signing on to the third phase of the program means Canadian companies will be able to bid on up to $8 billion worth of contracts. It is this moment, Auditor General Michael Ferguson says in his 2012 report, that started Canada down the path to buying the F-35.
Documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen peg the cost of the replacing the CF-18s at $10.5 billion.The first prototype of the F-35 is completed and ready for test flights. The plane is put on display for the public. The U.S. plans to buy 2,443 airplanes, the first of which are due to be delivered in 2009. Canada is expected to buy 80. I guess that the ability to bid upon 80 billion dollars of wo

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