Lots of drama in this saga but ultimately the right jet for the right price, in the correct numbers with the jet at the right point in its development and maturity.
Now that Canada has decided on which fighter it wants, let’s talk about what else matters beyond the capability of the F-35 or how much it is all going to cost Canadians…. let’s talk about jobs. There was so much chatter about guaranteed work from the other competitors, jobs that may or may not have been linked to high tech aerospace work but that would have satisfied the socialist mindset of promised work, not necessarily valuable work. Instead, Canada chose capitalism and the chance to benefit from the enormous scale of production and sustainment linked to the franchise F-35 program.
One of smartest political speeches in modern times, then candidate Justin Trudeau said: “We will not buy the F-35 fighter jet”. Strategically brilliant; that speech helped pivot an electorate in favor of Liberal party when to that point, polls ran the election as a 3-way race.