It’s one thing to make a rash campaign promise to not do something your predecessor did, it’s another to follow through with that promise when you know it could damage the capabilities and integrity of our military, but that’s what Justin Trudeau is doing.
Trudeau is being warned once again, not by political opponents or pundits like me but, by a baker’s dozen of retired senior military personnel including some like General Paul Manson who held senior air force roles while Trudeau’s father was prime minister.
General Manson and twelve other retired air force generals have written to Trudeau to warn him and his defence minister that they are making a mistake buying 18 Super Hornets as a “stop gap” measure while picking a replacement for the ageing CF18 fighter jets.
Watch as I share what these former commanders of Canada’s air force have had to say about why this is a bad idea and how this interim purchase of a fleet of Super Hornets will not help and will in fact complicate matters.
You might recall that the Trudeau Liberals promised to run a government that made decisions based on evidence, that listened to experts but on this file, Trudeau and the Liberals are not listening to the experts.
They're not listening to the Air Force staff that have spent years on this file tell them still that the F-35 is the plane Canada should be getting.
They aren’t listening to experts like these retired generals that say buying the Super Hornets is a mistake.
What they have done is without any evidence, stated clearly and unequivocally that they will not buy the F-35 even through an open competition, and without any bids, they sole sourced a contract to Boeing to buy the 18 Super Hornets.
No experts, no evidence, no facts just a determination to do the opposite of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives even if it hobbles the ability of our air force for years or decades to come.
This is reckless policy making from a man who claimed he would do the opposite.
We’ve been calling on Justin Trudeau to give our troops the equipment they deserve for some time and now the generals are joining the call. Will you?
If you haven’t done so already I invite you to sign our petition at www.EquipOurTroops.ca.
Demand the prime minister do the right thing for the men and women we send into harm’s way, and please, share this video on Facebook, Twitter or by any other means you can to spread the word.