Tuesday, April 05, 2011

F-35 hovers over campaign today

There's an event in Ottawa today that is not part of the official campaign trail but might get some attention given the centrality of the F-35 debate to this election. Winston Wheeler, a critic of the F-35 program will be speaking in Ottawa: "A Reality Check on the F-35 Stealth Fighters." (h/t) It's public and admission is free. Here is a preview of what he'll have to say, in Embassy today.

See also a very direct and helpful video of Wheeler's principal critiques below.

Additionally, the Globe is hosting an online Q & A at 2 p.m. with Wheeler and a former Canadian defence official, see necessary background here.

If all that is not enough for you, here's a case made for an alternative to the F-35: "Canada is “Super Hornet Country.”

The F-35 issue has high recognition among voters, it polls poorly for the Conservatives. It's hard not to see it becoming more of a focus and today's events with Wheeler are well-timed.