Dogged by controversy, criticism, and endless setbacks in its effort to buy new fighter aircraft, the Harper government is reportedly hitting the pause button on the process while it ponders whether to proceed with the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II without holding a competition.
Senator Lt. General (retired) Roméo Dallaire’s final speech to the Senate took aim at Stephen Harper’s foreign policy agenda.
Michael Byers’ latest report One Dead Pilot, shows that the government will expose Royal Canadian Air Force pilots to unnecessary risks to life and limb should it hold firm on its commitment to buy the F-35.
The Senate National Security and Defence Committee is calling on the Canadian government to join the U.S. missile defence system.
The federal government is once again being pressed to reconsider its previously announced decision to buy a fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets. “This time the argument isn’t about cost or procurement problems, it’s about what’s inside the plane.”
Prime Minister Harper told reporters last week that the Canadian government has not changed its position on missile defence. But he declined to rule out joining the program in the future.