The Harper government has contracted to 65 F-35 military jets for nine billion dollars. But that ‘s not the whole story. Factor in maintenance costs over a 20 year period and that adds another 5.7 billion. According to the Auditor-General the Harper gvernment is budgeting $26 billion over a period of 33 years. And that figure could go as high as $40 billion.
Now in all the ink that has been spilled on this subject, I have seen very little on why we need these expensive jets in the first place. One writer says we need them to protect our sovereignty . This is rubbish. Our sovereignty is guaranteed by our membership in alliances such as NATO and NORAD. To think that these 65 new jets could repulse a serious military challenge is fantasy.
So why are we buying these jets at all?
Imagine if we invested these billions in education and health care. That would make a lot of sense.
Does Canada need to pay billions for new fighter jets?
What do you think?