Liberal talking points concerning the necessary purchase of 65 state of the art Fighter Jets are purposely misinformed. They are misleading the public and the parrots in the media because it was them who initially saw the benefits of the Joint Strike Fighter program.
After a fierce competition between bidding companies to secure the Joint Strike Fighter contract, Lockheed Martins F-35 was selected as the fighter of the future. Lockheed Martin met or exceeded all the requirements set out by the Joint Strike fighter program beating Boeing and McDonnell Douglas.
The criticism that the project was "sole-sourced" deliberately misrepresents reality.
This PBS special on NOVA "Battle of the X-Planes" details how the Joint Strike Fighter was selected and why.
Why can't our public broadcaster, the CBC, show decent and relevant content like this?
The Joint Strike Fighter program was designed specifically to produce the best fighter possible at the lowest price. Since all branches of the US military, Canada and several NATO allies are participating in the program economies of scale are possible that reduce the over all cost of a vastly superior fighter. There will be more spare parts, more experienced mechanics, more pilots, more capabilities and fewer costs than any matching fighter could hope to equal.
Russian probing of Canadian airspace is nothing new. The medias assertion that Conservatives are using our current strategic reality to promote the acquisition is completely ridiculous. Did the PMO call up Putin and request some bombers? The F-18 that fell out of the sky, was that purely to illustrate our need for new fighters?
I realize that this is above the comprehension of most in the media. Many of them are little more than parrots in left leaning cages. I fully support their freedom to spout nonsense as long as they know they are also free to be mocked and ignored.
The F-35 Lightning II is a good purchase and I applaud the Canadian government for making the right choice. The safety and security of our country is not a political beach ball. Shame on the media and the Liberal party.