Canada Continues to Threaten Boeing Order

Canada’s defense minister repeated a threat Wednesday to cancel the purchase of 18 fighter jets from Boeing Co. because of the company’s trade complaint against Canadian plane maker Bombardier.

h/t Exile1981


Boeing abruptly cancels announcement on fighter jet deal amid Bombardier spat

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s tough talk has prompted U.S. aircraft giant Boeing to scrap the planned unveiling of its Canadian industry partners for the Super Hornet program.

The company cited the “current climate” for the decision.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I heard that the Canadian Defense Minister, Harjit Sajjan was the one who actually designed the F-18, back in the late 1970’s.
    What courage!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Yeah, he did it with Brian Williams.

    • andycanuck

      He had to do something after A.V. Roe & Co. cancelled his Arrow design!

  • Spatchcocked

    Gee Trudy……what a bad week for you….first yer gonna get raped a bit on Nafta…..that old supply management milk cheese butter swindle is ending and with it your support in Quebec…..then yer gonna have to allow the USA to have a big manufacturing advantage on us while you carry on the Paris bullshit and cap and trade us into penury and drive jobs TO the USA …..and now you and the hero of Afghanistan have alienated Boeing and given the USA a reason to dislike you even more!!!!
    Some advice?……..go home smoke a joint….get Margar…..oops I mean Sophie to sing something soothing to you.
    Tomorrow won’t be any better in fact it will be worse but this will help you survive tonight.

  • Ho Hum

    If Boeing doesn’t drop it’s trade dispute with Bombardier we shouldn’t be buying anymore Boeing fighter jets. We can buy jets from Europe or better yet build our own. We built the most advanced fighter jet in the world in 1958 and could do it again.

    • deplorabledave

      Either you forgot the sarc tag or your name is the only reply to you.

      • Ho Hum

        So you think Canada should award Boeing an order in the tens of Billion’s while Boeing is trying to wipe out a Canadian competitor and take with it 1,000’s of well paying jobs in Canada?

        • deplorabledave

          Bombardier has been subsidized by the Canadian government for decades only because it is in Quebec. Do you think that the Canadian government would have subsidized this company if it was headquartered in Vancouver and most of its employees were British Columbians?

          • Ho Hum

            The “subsidies” have been insignificant compared to the jobs created – and Bombardier is not just in Quebec – they manufacture their Global Business Jets and Q400 Turboprops here in Toronto – in fact they are the largest manufacturing employer inside Toronto.

          • deplorabledave

            The only reason Bombardier was subsidized to the degree that it was was to facilitate the election of the Liberal Party of Canada period

          • barryjr

            What jobs? All 2000, what about the jobs the government has destroyed in the west to cater to foreign liars. Now run along Liberal troll PM Shithead said your cheque is in the mail for your trolling.

          • favill

            Hence, the reason A.V. Roe (AKA Avro) disappeared after the Arrow debacle–because it wasn’t headquartered in Quebec.

        • Alain

          Bombardier should be considered a Crown Corporation considering the amount of tax payer dollars it continues to be given. So you really cannot call it a Canadian competitor.

          • Ho Hum

            Every aircraft manufacturer receives government support. Boeing receives Billions in tax breaks from Washington State and South Carolina. Ditto Airbus and Embraer. Bombardier has not received any outright government grants instead the Quebec and Canadian governments have taken an equity position in the company that will hopefully pay off handsomely. No different from the GM/Chrysler bailout.

        • barryjr

          Since when has the government ever been concerned with Canadian jobs? The only time they pretend concern is when it threatens good union jobs in Quebec or Ontario. What about the thousands of good paying jobs in the west threatened by government policies, Now fuck off with your Liberal loving cater to the frogs in quebec with tax dollars bullshit and have some more money from the trough of stolen western earnings to buy quebec votes welfare.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      For the love of God, please, not another Avro Arrow conspiracy theory.
      “The damn Americans killed it because it was TOO GOOD!”

      • El Martyachi

        Mythology aside, it was comparable to the F-106, and we should have finished it, if only to retain a sizable military aerospace sector. There’s no good reason why friggin Scandis can produce aircraft and we can’t.

        • andycanuck

          The Draken even looked like the Arrow! 🙂

          • El Martyachi

            I get the American viewpoint.. it’s mostly that we’re “more trouble than it’s worth” to work with collaboratively. But it’d be nice to have a lot of nice, mature, refined North-America-Only air superiority fighters built here in large numbers. It shouldn’t be this hard.

      • Concerned Canadian

        Actually, it was the best interceptor plane at the time. Your sarcasm is not warranted.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I said nothing about how good or bad it was. I was referencing the endless takes of ‘what might have been’, when in reality it was killed by your own farmers’ demands for bigger agricultural subsidies and a rapidly changing mission that made the basic design more or less obsolete.
          Besides, if it were all that hot (of a design) you would have built it and we would have licensed its production like we did with The Harrier and the Canberra bomber. It was a one trick pony (point defense interceptor) where that kind of a design had gone out of style by about the time it was rolled out. Also, since you didn’t have any foreign buyers, it would have been damn expensive aircraft.
          The weird part was how enthusiastically the prototypes were cut up for scrap almost immediately after the project was canceled. Someone in your government really wanted to make sure that project stayed cancelled.

          You Canadians should have built the damn plane anyways as it would have preserved your aerospace industry until the next big thing came along.

  • ontario john

    We don’t need new jets. Our Reduced Defense Minister has told reporters that he personally defeated all our enemies last weekend, in personal hand to hand combat.

    • WalterBannon

      deploy the large inflatable duck instead

  • ontario john

    But everyone is missing the most important news. Forget that little Justin has stated that he will step up the fight against global warming, now that Trump is pulling out of the Paris accords. Which of course means more taxes. And forget that we probably won’t get any new planes for the next couple of decades, resulting in pilot deaths. And forget that the country is running billions in deficits. The important news is that Canada’s favorite prime minister is going to be on the Kathy and Regis show in Niagara Falls. Yes, the popular morning tv program will be held for a couple of days at the Falls, and our wonderful PM will be the guest. He is so wonderful and cool. And be sure to see what pretty beads he will be wearing at the the Toronto Pride Parade.

    • WalterBannon

      the air-force should be confined to marching in Pride parades, something that Wynne and trudeau would find admirable for them to do

      • andycanuck

        An open flypast.

  • WalterBannon

    we should not be buying fighter jets anyway, we should be buying drones

    • andycanuck

      Pie Fighters just like in Star Wars! Those were Pie Fighters, right?

      • Brett_McS

        I think you have a problem with your punny bone.

  • Uncommunist

    Harjit Idjut