Barring a comeback win by Stephen Harper, Lockheed's sort of stealthy, light attack bomber will not be adopted by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Mulcair's against it and, now, so is Trudeau.
That means if either of them or the two of them in coalition form the next government, Canada will be looking for something more appropriate to replace our aging fleet of CF-18 Hornets purchased by the government of Pierre Trudeau.
This comes on the heels of an item by Ottawa Citizen defence correspondent, Dave Pugliese, concerning the F-35's laughable capability as a fighter jet. The article cited US Air Force general Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, admitting the F-35 is no dogfighter. That role, according to Hawk, belongs to the F-35's big brother, the F-22 Raptor.
Of course the Harper government's aborted buy was only for the F-35. The Americans won't allow even their closest allies to buy the F-22, not even Canada which is integral to the States' air defence through NORAD.
Fortunately upgraded versions of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the French Rafale and the Swedish SAAB Griffin are coming online, and they are fighters.