Julian Fantino reassures Texas that the Harper government is committed to the F-35 program.

“We will purchase the F-35,” Fantino asserted. “We’re on record. We’re part of the crusade. We’re not backing down.”

Even setting aside the word‘s fraught history, “crusade” seems an odd term to apply here.



  1. Like the Blues Brothers they’re on a ‘mission from God’.

    The word ‘crusade’ means exactly what you think it does.

    • Except the Blues Brothers were great.

  2. Everyone knows that in order to find and recover the Holy Grail you need to use a stealth fighter-bomber.  What is so “odd” about that?

    Fetchez le vache!!!

  3. Lots more at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute’s “3Ds Blog”:

    “The Crusader: Forth Worth Star-Telegram on Canada and F-35 (and notices this blog)”


  4. How can a man who lead a provincial police  force allow himself to be nothing but a talking point bot?   

  5. In Alberta, we are not perhaps as familiar with Fantino as Ontarians, but nonetheless I have the impression that he is not known for subtle and precise use of language.

    The Harper government as a whole is not noted for the relationship between logic and its policies.

    There are no surprises here.

  6. Richard the Lionheart would have sold his own mother for a fleet of F-35s. Little known historical fact.

    • Pros: So advanced will seem like magic to rulers of Spain and France; can reach Holy Land in minutes.

      Cons: jet fuel not invented yet. 

      • Old proverb – buy them and the fuel will come. 

    • I think it was London he was trying to sell, but he couldn’t find a buyer. As for trying to sell his mother, I don’t think he would have dared.

  7. Anyone else hate this usage of fraught?

  8. Oh nice to see that Fantino has an unwavering commitment to wasting… err, spending taxpayers’ money. When he ran the Toronto Police and later the OPP he was obsessed with obtaining air power (helicopters in those cases) for his forces. Apparently nothing has changed.

  9. Newsflash: Julian Fantino is an oaf.

    • That’s some old news there.

  10. Crusade?  Julian, Julian, silly Julian.  You are part of the marketing team.  Get with this century’s lingo, dude!

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