The Globe reviews how the Department of National Defence pressured the government to pursue the F-35 and adds this as a footnote.
On Tuesday, however, Mr. Harper announced that his government is reviewing the entire purchase, with federal sources saying the government is hitting the “reset button.”
What does hitting the “reset button” mean in this context? The Prime Minister was asked yesterday about the possibility of holding a “simple, open competition to replace” the CF-18s and Mr. Harper dismissed the suggestion.
Mr. Speaker, the course of action suggested is not what the Auditor General recommended. The government is following the Auditor General’s recommendations and will ensure that this purchase, when it is eventually done, is done in accordance with taxpayers’ needs and with the military’s needs.