On Friday, July 15th, Steven Staples spoke out against the Conservative government’s decision to purchase 65 new F-35 fighter planes to replace Canada’s CF-18 Fleet .
Quoted in the Canadian Press, Staples argued that “These are ‘Flying Cadillacs’ that are not needed for the defence of Canada, and are unaffordable. The government should wait until national finances are in better shape, and use resources for other priorities, such as fixed wing search and rescue.”
Read more: Mike Blanchfield, “Ottawa to spend $16-billion on fighter jets,” Globe & Mail, 15 July 2010
“Canada to spend $9B on F-35 fighter jets,” CBC News,15 July 2010
Campbell Clark, “Liberal government would put fighter-jet plan on hold,” Globe & Mail, 15 July 2010
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