Canada’s Minister of National Defence says the Air Cadet Gliding Program is at no risk of being cut, and blames the opposition parties for raising fears that it would be lost.
On Monday, CBC News obtained emails from the Department of National Defence that said the gliders were a primary target for cost reductions.
But Defence Minister Peter MacKay posted a message on his official Facebook page Wednesday to shoot down the possibility.
"I can assure the House that the cadet program will continue to enjoy the important use of gliders," MacKay is quoted in the statement. It says the Cadet program is here to stay.
MacKay also takes a swipe at the opposition. The statement said it was the opposition who misinformed Canadians and scared young cadets.
In the House on Wednesday, Newfoundland and Labrador MP Jack Harris pressed MacKay for a clear answer to the cuts to the Air Cadets in general.
"It is a program which many Canadians, in fact, some members of this House, have benefited from," said MacKay. "It is a terrific program that we continue to support and will continue to invest in."
There are five glider schools across Canada, including: Comox, B.C., Gimli, Man., St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Debert, N.S., and one in Ontario.