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Canadians should be concerned about fighter jet replacement process

By Richard Shimooka      

The Liberal government’s fundamental flaw is that it has sought to oversee a fair competition where none is possible.

A Canadian pilot inspects his CF-18 Hornet fighter jet in Kuwait in preparation for a mission during Operation Impact against Daesh forces in Iraq and Syria on Jan. 17, 2015. The process to permanently replace the CF-18 fleet has avoided serious scrutiny, argues Richard Shimooka. Photograph courtesy of the Department of National Defence

Canada’s process to replace its CF-18 fighter jets stands as one of the strangest in the country’s history. It has witnessed four major decisions on the purchase of new fighter jets: in 2010, 2014, 2016 (for interim Super Hornets), and 2017 (for surplus Australian jets). Notably, the first three decisions were cancelled.

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