Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Fighting words over F-35 Fighter Jets - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defense
Perhaps the only thing more formidable and faster-climbing than F-35 fighter jets is -- the projected cost of the jets themselves. A long awaited independent audit suggests the cost may exceed 45-Billion-dollars over 42 years.
The Defence Minister, Peter MacKay, and Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose say the F-35 jets are still in the running, but the government will look at all other options for replacing Canada's fleet of CF-18s. Critics say the Government committed to the F-35 without knowing what the full costs would be and only disclosed the costs reluctantly after critical reports from the Auditor General and the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
To explain where things stand now, we were joined first by Chris Alexander. He is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence and he was in Ottawa.
Fighting words over F-35 Fighter Jets - NDP's Defense Critic
Jack Harris is the NDP's Defense Critic. He was in Ottawa as well.
This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Elizabeth Hoath.
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