CFB Comox is vital for Canada’s Defense and for the Comox Valley Economy

February 20, 2019

There is a critical shortage of pilots and technicians and Justin Trudeau has failed to staff and equip our Armed Forces

The Auditor General raised national security and long-term safety concerns about the viability of Canada’s fighter jets. He also raised concerns with Canada’s critical shortage of pilots and technicians which the Liberals failed to address.

The used CF-18 fighter jets the Liberal government purchased from Australia have started arriving in Canada. The Royal Canadian Air Force requires a fleet of new fighter jets to meet Canada’s international commitments, not used CF-18s from Australia.

Justin Trudeau deliberately misled Canadians by manufacturing a ‘capability gap’ to fulfill a misguided campaign promise, and in the process has put the safety and security of Canadians at risk.

According to the Auditor General, the Liberals’ plan will cost taxpayers more than $3 billion dollars, while further delaying the delivery of new fighter jets for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Conservatives have repeatedly called on Justin Trudeau to cancel the purchase of used Australian fighter jets, and to immediately launch an open and transparent competition to replace Canada’s fighter jets.

Justin Trudeau has failed to equip our Armed Forces. CFB Comox and our Armed Forces deserve better. If elected Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni I will be a strong advocate for CFB Comox, our Armed Forces and our Veterans.