July 06, 2016

Liberals “dither” on fighter jet replacement: Defence Minister announces MORE consultation needed

Brian LilleyArchive

Canada’s CF-18’s have been flying since the early 1980’s. Successive governments agree that we need new planes for our Air Force. The problem has been finding agreement about which one to choose.

Trudeau’s Liberals campaigned against buying the F-35’s that the Harper Conservatives had settled on after much research and consultation.

They’re the government now and it is their prerogative to make a different choice.

The problem is, they can’t seem to make one.

Defence Minister Saijan was trotted out recently to make an announcement about fighter jets which was that the Liberals were making arrangements for . . . more consultation.

Watch as I explain why this dithering is a big problem for Canada and our Air Force.

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commented 2016-07-08 02:10:54 -0400
It is incredible how there are still people in this day and age that are bitter about the cancellation of the stupid Avro Arrow. That thing was obsolete for what it was designed for.
commented 2016-07-07 13:14:44 -0400
It wouldn’t surprise me that the liberals are considering our famous Québec aerospace company. The benefits to the liberals would be obvious, one does not even have to dig for that.

Let’s say for sake of argument that the contract is awarded to our famous aerospace company, it will end up costing 10 times more than buying any other plane in cost overruns, financial bailouts etc. etc. it may also well end up as an inferior aircraft, requiring update after update, after update, I wouldn’t want to suggest, that this would be deliberately designed that way.

With certainty, the liberals will be consulting with other left-leaning companies, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to imagine that these companies would in turn be very grateful.
commented 2016-07-07 10:50:10 -0400
BRIAN , that hill you ride shotgun over , I’m going to start calling it DITHERINGTON HIEGHTS
commented 2016-07-07 10:15:54 -0400
They need to find more liberal buddies to form the commission to study the planes again, Liberals making more money from yet more useless studies, Let the military get what ever planes they want,The defence minister is just another liberal politician looking to line his pockets and his liberal buddies with more cash. It is what happens when you have A WEAK LEADER trudeau is weak and they all know it. Likley will take a couple of years but when the first scandal hits it will be a whopper rest assured.
commented 2016-07-07 09:54:22 -0400
With no fighters ready the Liberals can logically refuse to be part of any NATO attack on muslim lands. They will claim that our existing aircraft are too old and undependable to be sent into combat. And of course we are still waiting on the consultation for new fighters to come to a final decision.in 3005.
commented 2016-07-07 09:31:37 -0400
Canada has given up the idea that we as a nation we can be entrepreneurs.
With the Avril Arrow, we had the best fighter of its day. What did our government of the day do?
Scrap the entire program and break up the company that designed and built the aircraft.
Do you think Bomabardier could design and build our next fighters?
Only if the liberals could figure out how to line their pockets would any Canadian company have a chance at this.
commented 2016-07-07 07:54:03 -0400
The Simple answer.
-18 F35’s as part of a first strike force.
-18 Super hornets as part of a Ongoing bombing force.
- Build our own, as a means of getting what we really want, long distance fighters that are stealth and can do Air to Ground targeting. (that would mean they would build another 60 jets but over a 10 year period so that their would be a progressive change in the capacity and capability of the jets so the last ones made would be better in some way than the first with most of the basics the same.
-Build long flight drones, that can be used with every mission to provide ongoing air support for our troops and awack capacity.
-build attack helicopters that are basically flying tanks that provide unconventional back up from unexpected locations when troops are engaged in battle able to do the work a tank would without having tanks in the area and able to do the work that a jet fighter would without having to have them on the ground. Our troops should have that sort of support every time on every mission lurking and able to respond.
looking after our short term needs, increasing our capacity with 36 Jets is a smart Idea. Creating our Own home grown Canada first Jet should be a national strategy that creates jobs and helps reverse the exodus of talent from Canada. We need the national security and the capacity to roll out hundreds if an event made that a priority. Right now we don’t have a pot to pee in.
commented 2016-07-07 07:29:29 -0400
libranos fucking up what’s left of Canada – the pending global financial collapse should finish off this country for good.

you chose these fucking cuck-morons Canada – you deserve it
commented 2016-07-07 02:52:50 -0400
The radio interviews that both Brian and Andrew did with the F-35 pilot was nothing more than free advertising for the F-35. Both Brian and Andrew failed miserably to ask the pilot any hard questions. All we got to hear was just how awesome that piece of shit F-35 is, and how big of a threat the country is under without the F-35.

Honestly, I would rather have the Liberals procrastinate, over giving that corrupt jet manufacturer any money. Shame on them for fear mongering.

Perhaps that pilot can get interviewed on Russia today, which did a great job informing us just how inadequate the F-35 is.
commented 2016-07-07 02:45:25 -0400
If the libs bought the F-35 the media would suddenly think they were the greatest jet ever.
commented 2016-07-07 02:01:36 -0400
Ouch! Morley Crothers notes that Canada’s Minister of National Defense wears a turban and wonders if this is a legitimate Canadian headdress.

Yes, Canadians can wear a turban as a legitimate headdress! In fact the Minister of National Defence — the cabinet minister responsible for our Armed Forces — is a Sikh who wears a turban as a matter of course. Harjit Sajjan is a decorated soldier, and an experienced police officer in Vancouver.
commented 2016-07-07 01:09:38 -0400
We do not need new jets, we can just let Sophie sing and our enemies will commit suicide.
commented 2016-07-07 01:03:09 -0400
Why Is a Minister Of National Defense wearing gear from a foreign country.
Trudeau said a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian. If this is so, why not wear Canadian cloths. He is our Defense Minister and wearing a Turban, we at war with people who wear Turbans?
Who’s side is Sajjan on?
The RCMP also have Uniforms, why let foreigners chose what they want to wear. It’s very simple if you want to be belong to Royal Canadian Mounted Police, be proud and wear their Canadian Uniforms, or go back to country of origin and wear what you like over there.
commented 2016-07-06 23:27:14 -0400
The Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, as Minister of National Defense, has a very important role in Canada.
He is personally very popular, being a senior officer for a regiment, serving in Afghanistan, serving as a Vancouver police officer, being described by the media as “hard-ass” and tough. As a matter of fact, he is extraordinarily popular in British Columbia and in Ottawa.

The vast bulk of Canadian voters give him the benefit of the doubt. He is our man.

Probably Rebel readers will do the same.
commented 2016-07-06 21:39:39 -0400
I totally agree with you MARTY ASHFIELD

btw the Governor General seems to be a Liberal cabinet minister , was he voted in or was he appointed, I seem to remember back in cretins day he out of blue appointed some one as a minister, do only leftards do that ?
commented 2016-07-06 21:03:19 -0400
Trudeau is looking for a jet that has reverse in it..
commented 2016-07-06 20:57:20 -0400
Good report Brian. Except that you made a comment that I must take umbrage over.
You said that the Trudeau Liberals won the election ‘fairly and squarely’.
No they did not.
The election was rigged and completely one sided thanks to the Unions, the MSM namely the CBC, and big money out of Quebec and the USA, and the UN.
It was an election many third world dictators would have been proud to have as their own.
The 2015 Canadian election should go down in history as the dirtiest election in Canadian politics.
Justin Trudeau and his Liberals were bought and paid for and the election was an affront to all honest Canadians.
commented 2016-07-06 20:04:13 -0400
Both are national government and provincial government use the word consultation a lot. It means different things, most often it means do nothing and spend money, sometimes it’s used to delay something, for example when the books need to be cooked.

On the federal level, this issue could simply mean waiting for the UN to tell them what they need.
commented 2016-07-06 19:32:14 -0400
The Vancouver South Liberals wanted somebody else to be their candidate, but Trudeau overruled them.
Sajjan probably knows what is the right thing to do. But that doesn’t matter.
He is a puppet on a string. Dance, monkey, dance.