But military experts say the government has mismanaged the situation.Edgar also questions the single engine construction of the F-35, wondering whether a two engine jet might be better. That issue was also raised by Marc Garneau on Friday. It's something that hasn't received much attention during the limited public debate thus far given the government's sole focus on the F-35:
"The F-35 manufacturers know there's no competition. There is no incentive to them to provide the best most competitive economic package to Canada if we say we're going to buy it no matter what," says Alistair Edgar, Prof. Wilfrid Laurier University.
Mr. Garneau said his party would maximize the maintenance work conducted in Canada, and likely seek a fighter jet with twin engines instead of the one-engine F-35 to conduct patrols in isolated regions of the North.Combine Garneau's comments with Ignatieff's yesterday, noted in the CTV link above, that "There are some other planes that are actually available on the shelf now that might meet Canadian needs at a much cheaper price." They suggest a slightly more sharpened Liberal approach to the F-35 debate.
“All things being equal,” he said, “two engines are better than one.”