Letter to the Editor by Gary W Samler of Cornwall Ontario – Elections and Choices: The Federal issues – April 27, 2011

Letter to the Editor by Gary W Samler of Cornwall Ontario – Elections and Choices: The Federal issues – April 27, 2011

The F 35 Stealth fighter bomber purchase is allegedly at $16 billion but in reality is likely higher in cost overruns .

That $16 billion:
-would build 80,000 homes for Canadians at $200,000 each
-would feed 32 million African children for 10 years
-would provide four years free post secondary education for 400,000 Canadians
-would provide $365 / month for every man, woman and child in poverty in Canada for one year
Why on earth do we need 65 more, aggressive stealth fighter bombers?

Gary W. Samler  Cornwall Ontario

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smee
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smee

Gary Teha answer to that is quite simple. First of all it is not more agressive bombers but replacing outdated equipment. If you were a pilot would you like to use out dated planes to do your job in times of war? Just take a look at all the controvesy over the Sea King Helicopters. The sea kings weere falling out of the air. Not to mention this is not a done deal and is only planned for five years in the future. I can assure you the main reason this is so front and center has to do with… Read more »

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

Gary: Spoken like a true humanitarian.

What could all that money do for poverty, including child poverty, and homelessness in Canada—an out-and-out scandal in a leading developed country?

Besides, no one, not even the Pentagon, knows how much these jets are going to cost both out of the show room and to maintain long term. The estimates shoot up by the day.

No one, that is, except for Harper, who has an answer for everything and continues to deceive the Canadian people.

Cornwall Harry
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Cornwall Harry

The reason behind Bombardier not getting the fighter deal is that you have to speak french to fly them or work on them. Thank God we got by that one!

Roy Berger
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Roy Berger

If we are looking at security and cost it would be cheaper to send every adult Canadian a two hundred dollar handgun with a gun course. That would settle any potential foreign invasion threat. Or do you think we should expand our territory? Is that what this is about? Are we using the UN as a beard to build up our air force in order to dominate and enlarge the Canadian sky? Could be. Do we have Canadian hawks that clever? Go, maple leaf, go!

Roy Berger
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Roy Berger

I’m just saying, it’s nice and polite to have first strike capability.

Reg
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Another report on the cost of the un-tendered fighter jets indicates that the Conservatives are lying through their teeth once again. Will Harper use the old adage “You Win Some and You Lose Some” when they finally have to admit what everyone else knows. Let’s hope he says the same thing about the election results.

http://www.canada.com/news/decision-canada/Harper+shrugs+admission+cost+fighters+rising/4678853/story.html

garywsamler
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garywsamler

Smee thank you for your comment but here is the truth as i see it as a former member of the CanadianForces for almost 23 years and a Gulf War Vet. The F-35 IS A MORE AGRESSIVE BOMBER and not needed for our pilots. WE ARE NOT AT WAR- ‘YET’ We do not need these bombers to replace our aging CF18’s Maybe we could build cheaper planes here in Canada and build the spare parts for them too and the engines.Our pilots are the best trained and can do their job well without flying in these Caddillacs of the sky.The… Read more »

smee
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smee

Gary We are not at war yet? Do you honestly think we should wait until we are in need of these planes to purchase them? Do you care for your health that way? How about clothes, do you wait until you have none then purchase them? In the forces perhaps while in the Gulf they should have waited until you had no rations before trying to bring some in. The same could be said for the ammunition We also must consider how much more it will cost if waiting until there is no choice. All of these other countries you… Read more »

smee
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Reg
Do you honestly think there is any merit to that article. WHo in their right mind would not take into account the costs will rise over time.

So nice of you to state the obvious thinking you found a big exciting article.

Reg
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Smee, you are not the only one who has been to lied to by the conservatives. Or do you think that there is no merit to this article either.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/981291–conservative-operative-s-dismissal-raises-ire-within-party-ranks

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left-or-right

I agree with Gary…I have wondered from the outset why we were looking at only a still un-proven, un-costed F35 and at no other options. I have read that the F35, a “first strike” aircraft, was the bird we must have to satisfy NATO commitments and then I read that one of our new air fleet’s primary objectives was to protect our sovereignty, especially over the Arctic and that our pilots want a craft with a longer range and which has two engines in case one fails in those cruel northern conditions. Then I read about the EF Typhoon, an… Read more »