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$9 billion to go to fighter jets

Defense Minister Peter MacKay says military needs to “meet the threats of the 21st century”


 

Last Friday, Defense Minister Peter MacKay announced the Canadian government is planning to spent 9 billion dollars on fighter jets. The money will go to 65 new F-35 Lightening aircraft, a single-seat, single-engine stealth machine which performs close air support for ground troops, bombing and air defense missions. MacKay said that the fleet, which is planned to begin replacing the old fleet of F-18s in 2016, will “meet the threats of the 21st century.” The jets are to be built by Lockheed Martin following a development process that involved eight other countries whose companies, research laboratories and universities competed to win different design contracts.

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$9 billion to go to fighter jets

  1. It's amazing how easy billions from our tax money appear when it comes to military and "security" needs – see G20 spending, and our kids are crammed in overcrouded classes of more than 30 kids and in dirty and dingy portables because it seems there are never enough funds for the 21st century schools.

    • It's amazing how easily forgotten it is that schools are a PROVINCIAL responsibility. I guess you can include educating people about the constitution as yet another failure of our school systems.

      • Provincial expenses are funded in part by transfer payments from the feds.

        • Wow….just wow.

          • Unless I've missed something, here is the argument:

            – Schools are a provincial responsibility, therefore they need to be paid for from provincial revenues.
            – Some of the money that is spent by the provinces is obtained from the federal government through transfer payments to the provinces.
            – If the feds are spending money on fighter jets, they might have less to provide in transfer payments
            – This may force provinces to cut back spending on essentials such as school funding

          • OR the Feds could stop transferring money from wealthy and hard working regions to poor and backward regions. That way provinces would actually be responsible for paying their own bills, rather than wait for the commie 'redistribution' of weath from uncle Ottawa. Then the Feds could afford to pay for all the fighter jets they want. You see? You (the commie) view fighter jets as getting in the way of social tranfers (communism) to the provinces. I, on the other hand, view social transfers (communism) as getting in the way of buying fighter jets (patriotism). Therefore, I am a patriot and you are a commie…

  2. The questions that leap to my mind are:

    – Did the United States demand that Canada spend this much on fighter jets?
    – What on earth would Canada use these jets for? It's not like there are a whole lot of people around who are planning to bomb Canada, are there?
    – What will have to be cut to pay for these sleek new planes?

    • -If the US can't even 'demand' we stay in Afghanistan, how can the US 'demand' we buy fighter jets?

      -We would use them for, oh I don't know…national defence? As an aside, what do we have the CBC around for? It's not like there are a while lot of people around who are planning to watch it.

      -Well, if we shut down the dept of indian affairs, the CBC, and official biligualism for ONE year…that would pay for the fighter jets.

      • the fighter jets are needed to fly all the tourist around.to show them how much good land is still availible.besides it only takes two bright lites to trow the billions aut the window,for wich they never worked for.it is the pueples purse but those guys control the contens.

  3. Have I missed something? I can't recall having read anything about a competition for the selection of a new type of fighter/bomber for the Canadian Armed Forces.And why a single engine plane? After the major fiasco with another single engine jet,american built ,the F-105 Starfighter,of which about 200 fell out of the sky in Europe alone in the 1960s,single engine jets became a no-no.For good reasons: flame outs do occur,even in the best maintained aircraft.I witnessed one on a F15 Eagle at the Toronto air show,thanks to the second engine it did not crash.And now we are back to square one. Is this the same principal as the one that has us buy helicopters that have not even flown yet? And all of this without any bids.Just wonderful! What is going on?It reminds me somehow of the Mulroney era where a Mr. Schreiber assisted in the procurement of aircraft for Air Canada.
    As the song goes:"When will we ever learn,…"

  4. what a fantastic money..

  5. Holy Crap Batman!! 25 billion including the service contract, most likely it will overun to 30 billion. Gee Mr. Harper, thats about give or take $800,000 per average Canadian. Sorry, I for one of sound mind would rather allow the enemies of Canada around the world take over. Maybe they'll manage our tax dollars better than your gov't can. How can this gov't be so arrogant to ignore the basic needs of Canadian taxpayers to suck up to the US. Bye the way, did this go down over a cozy "tea" at the recent Toronto G8 summit that cost us Canadians another billion dollars in security and even more in clean up costs?
    Does Canada have any qualified pilots to fly these jets? Oh yes, that will cost billions to train them too, lest we forget.

    Maybe we need only 30 new jets not 64. Imagine what 4.2 Billion dollars could do if we invested the cost of 34 jets in Canadians,i.e., University, research grant funding, (post)secondary and primary schools and oh yes, health care. Indeed, onde jet alone (124 million) amounts to nearly half of the research budget of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. How about some common sense with our hard earned tax dollars. Put in the hands of Canadians for Canadians, not the US.

  6. Holy Crap Batman!! 25 billion including the service contract, most likely it will overun to 30 billion. Gee Mr. Harper, thats about give or take $800,000 per average Canadian. Sorry, I for one of sound mind would rather allow the enemies of Canada around the world take over. Maybe they'll manage our tax dollars better than your gov't can. How can this gov't be so arrogant to ignore the basic needs of Canadian taxpayers to suck up to the US. Bye the way, did this go down over a cozy "tea" at the recent Toronto G8 summit that cost us Canadians another billion dollars in security and even more in clean up costs?