F-35

Reports of no competition to buy new fighter jets ‘speculation,’ says Trudeau

The prime minister avoided providing a direct response to questions about his high-profile election promise to hold a competition for replacing the CF-18 fleet.

A pilot inspects his CF-18 Hornet fighter jet in preparation for the next mission at Camp Patrice Vincent, Kuwait during Operation IMPACT on January 17, 2015. Photograph courtesy of the Department of National Defence

By TIM NAUMETZ

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, June 22, 2016 4:16 PM

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