Aircraft is a dud

Both the Liberals and the Conservatives are “hell bent” to spend our money on a “lemon.” The F-35 is a flying piece of junk, and our government has been sold “hook, line, and sinker” on a plane that has been plagued by more problems that a dog has fleas. Even the U.S. Pentagon admits that this aircraft is not reliable in cold weather conditions, and the last time I heard, Canada has cold winters.

Both the Liberals and the Conservatives are “hell bent” to spend our money on a “lemon.” The F-35 is a flying piece of junk, and our government has been sold “hook, line, and sinker” on a plane that has been plagued by more problems that a dog has fleas. Even the U.S. Pentagon admits that this aircraft is not reliable in cold weather conditions, and the last time I heard, Canada has cold winters.

Questions: Why would anyone buy a war plane that is years behind schedule due to so many problems? Why would we buy a fighter that has only one engine when all the major air forces depend on dual engine planes? Why would we buy a plane that may cost us $100 to 130 million per plane while other to fighters can be bought for less? Why did the Liberals and the Conservatives lie when they told us that bidding for a new war plane would be open to other competitors when, in fact, that situation didn’t happened under the Harper government, and it hasn’t happened under the Liberals?

I guess our politicians, regardless of party association, believe lying and the breaking of promises are the usual methods of operating a government or getting elected to office (“The end justifies the means”).

On Sept. 19, 2014, I wrote a letter to Kevin Sorenson, MP for Crowfoot, complaining about the purchase of this aircraft, and on Feb. 22, 2016, I wrote a letter to our new Minister of Defense, Harjit Singh Sajjam, complaining about the Liberals’ plan to continue subsidizing this aircraft.

At least Mr. Sorenson replied to my concerns, but our Liberal government hasn’t. Maybe the Liberals are too busy looking “good” and sounding “good” to be bothered with writing a reply, eh?

George E. Thatcher, Trochu