Justin Trudeau May Soon Drop a Bomb on the F-35

Fresh off his ascent in the Canadian elections, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau is grounding planes. The day after defeating Stephen Harper, Trudeau informed President Obama that Canada will withdraw its six fighter jets from the coalition bombing the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. “He understands the commitment I’ve made around ending the combat mission,” Trudeau told reporters, invoking a campaign pledge to shift Canadian involvement from air strikes to training anti-IS forces and delivering humanitarian aid.

Trudeau didn’t offer a timeline, but he may soon redial the White House for yet another pullout.

  • First of all, neither Trudeau nor Obama care what happens to anyone left behind.

    Secondly, while Trudeau might leave Obama high and dry, it won’t matter to him. Obama will just withdraw and then maybe commit to another military action to make up for something embarrassing.


  • Hard Little Machine

    Just disband all the armed forces and coast guard and hope Russia doesn’t want all of Yukon before the end of next year. We’re probably going to give them Alaska. Join in!

    • UCSPanther

      Why stop with just Alaska and the Yukon? Russia may as well just take the whole continent…

      • Hard Little Machine

        Sounds great

  • Clausewitz

    Wouldn’t be the first time a newly elected Liberal government has reneged on a military contract. Remember Jean the Creten and the helicopters. How much will it be to buy their way out of this contract? What the hell it’s only the taxpayers money, the mantra of both the Federal and Provincial Liberals.

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  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Good actions , whatever happens in another continent or countries that have their own tribes fighting , that’s not Canada’s business.

    • reidjr

      But in this case it is on two fronts if Canada does nothing and millions of people are killed then Canada would have blood on there hands but the greater risk is there is many ISIS supporters in Canada.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The F-35 has been described in these very postings as a white elephant, so Trudeau may be exercising some prudence here.

    • pike bishop

      Do you (respectfully) have any idea how Mr. Trudeau would know if this purchase is prudent or not? These things can’t be decided on whims.
      I have my doubts about this bird too.

  • Brett_McS

    If you’re going to let the Russians give you an hours notice to “keep out of this air space, we are going to bomb”, then I suppose an F18 is just as good.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I always wondered why Canada thought they ever needed the F-35 in the first place.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a hawk’s hawk, but what kind of air interdiction missions would Canada have against an almost first world air defense network that they would need an F-35 penetrator?

    If I were running Canada’s military I’d be buying F-18E “Super Hornets”, some new helicopters, a couple of dozen Ospreys, and then upgrade your military airlift capability.
    Also, you either need new subs or you need to get out of the submarine business.

    • Jay Currie

      Yup… This is a smart move. F-35 is a solution to 2001 problems. Manned flight is becoming increasingly obsolete. Standing off and sending in flocks of drones makes more sense.

  • eMan14

    I’m not sold on the F-35 as it is… but what will be the cost of cancelling that contract? And how much more would it cost for a new replacement aircraft and how long will that take? We almost spend as much time trying to figure out what to buy for our military than the city of Toronto does to build anything. And that is embarrassing.