CAnada Said to Consult Obama Before Opening Fighter-Jet Bidding
Incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will consult U.S. President Barack Obama before restarting a process to replace Canada’s aging fleet of combat jets, in a bid to head off damage to relations between the two countries, according to an official familiar with the plans.
Trudeau’s Liberals campaigned on abandoning Canada’s plans to buy Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jets, pledging to “immediately” launch an open bidding process to buy a cheaper plane. Canada has previously considered Boeing Co.’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, Saab AB’s Gripen, Dassault Aviation SA’s Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, produced by a consortium including BAE Systems PLC, Airbus Group SE and Alenia Aermacchi SpA.
The incoming government won’t open bids until discussing the matter with the U.S. government — perhaps during an anticipated meeting between Trudeau and Obama at a Group of 20 meeting in Turkey next month, the official said. While timing is still being finalized, the consultation means a bidding process likely won’t begin until next year, said the official, who spoke on condition they not be identified because a final decision hasn’t been made. _ Bloomberg
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…incoming government won’t open bids until discussing the matter with the U.S. government…
Yes, the Americans tell us what we can or cannot do….just like they tell every other country in the world what they can or cannot do.
I guess if Justin wants to avoid dying in a mysterious plane crash, he better do as he is told.
Makes you wonder why anyone in Canada even bothers voting.