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Opposition Tries To Get To Truth Of F-35 Jets’ Costs

Opposition Tries To Get To Truth Of F-35 Jets’ Costs

As the Official Opposition prepares to hold their own meetings to hear expert witnesses on the proposed purchase of F-35 fighter jets, information is coming out that indicates that the Harper government hasn’t changed anything despite major issues with the program.

The NDP is hearing witnesses in an attempt to gain information that was denied them while Parliament was sitting.

Meanwhile,Lockheed Martin’s vice president for F-35 program integration says that nothing has changed on their end they have been told that Canada is still committed and the company is still set to deliver 65 of the jets to the Royal Canadian Air Force. That statement brings up questions about the government’s supposed review of the purchase of replacement jets.

The Harper government’s F-35 purchase was the subject of many questions and debates over the last parliamentary session after it came out that the government wasn’t sharing the true cost of the program. There have also been a lot of questions about problems with the jets themselves and whether they will be deliverable on time to replace the CF-18s that the Canadian Forces currently fly.

When the Auditor General raised questions about the full costing of the F-35 program and the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s numbers were vastly different that the government’s Harper and his ministers opted to blame everything and everyone for their flubs, without ever admitting just how much the 65 jets might actually end up costing.

The government put in place the ‘National Fighter Procurement Secretariat‘ after the AG report to give the impression that costs were being independently reviewed.

So far, the official parliamentary committee discussing the purchase has been blocked from hearing from any of the ministers involved in defense procurement. Committee members have also been dodging attempts from Conservative members to end the review of the process.

The NDP is holding their own meetings now to ask questions of witnesses that would be difficult to ask with Conservative pushback when parliament returns in mid September.

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1:11PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

thanks

11:06AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

The aircraft has not the range nor the weapons to be effective. Since Diefenbaker killed the Arrow Canada lost it's own aerospace industry. Perhaps a return to design and building combat aircraft would be a superior option.

8:05PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

As long as it's being partially in John of Orange's district, we'll learn nothing...

Defeat Boehner

6:22PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Brett has a point. The Canadians need to arm themselves to defend themselves from the US. Yup. If they have the nerve to sell that oil to China or anyone else other than the US, we just might invade. Quick start your wall!!

2:24PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

When will America ever learn? Now Russia and Chine will need to build an aircraft to match this F-35 and waste their National Treasure in what is a stupid arms race,

I am near Tucson, Arizona and we must tolerate the F-16's that are always practicing for the next war, and they are loud. The F-35 is 4 times louder, and much worse when they "hit" the afterburner.

Makes one wish for Stinger?

12:49PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

My Canadian friends, I realize that these high-tech fighter jets are extremely expensive, and yes, that money could better be spent on helping people. But as a Liberal living in the United States, let Me put forth this thought for you: If Romney & Ryan are elected to office here in the United States, you may find yourselves *wanting* a solid military defense. Understand something - the Christian-Republican right wing here in the United States is Fascist - they are WHACKJOBS. I put exactly nothing past them, and war is something that is in their blood, it seems... I would not be surprised if they decided to annex Canada in order to take your fossil fuel resources, My friends. If the Fascist Christian-Republican right wing gains control of the United States government, be afraid.. be very afraid.

9:03AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Good luck trying to get an honest answer from any Government!

4:13AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Sure would like to know since Norway also are buying these planes.

3:44AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

each machine starts around 35ml. with the extras it can double. hard to believe you can get extras in this type of machine at the price it kicks off at. the 35ml. is if you will pardon the pun a conservative price. the only reason peace loving canada would need them is if your neighbours were coming for your oil

2:04AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Noted.

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