Andrew Scheer Mocks Liberal Jet Plan By Asking Trudeau To Buy His Old Van

The PM shot back that Tories “botched” procurement for 10 years.

by Ryan Maloney

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer tried his hand at used car sales Tuesday to mock the Liberal government’s decision to buy old Australian fighter jets.

“If the prime minister is so keen on buying fixer-uppers, will he come over? Because I’ve got an old minivan I’d love to show him,” Scheer joked in question period.

The Tory leader was poking fun at how the Trudeau government plans to purchase 18 second-hand F-18 fighter jets from Australia, while also launching a competition to replace Canada’s aging

Liberals say the 30-year-old Aussie jets are needed in the interim to address a “capability gap” keeping Canada from fulfilling its commitments to NATO and NORAD. Some defence experts have told HuffPost, however, that no such gap exists, with one retired colonel calling it a “figment” of the government’s imagination.

When Scheer questioned the wisdom in “replacing” decades-old jets with more decades-old jets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shot back that while new planes were needed “many, many years ago, the previous Conservative government dropped the ball.
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