Nice place ya got here. Shame if anything happened to it.
Translate that into Lockheed-lingo and it comes out like this - you buy any other airplane and we'll pull $825-million in contract work, Canada.
A bit of background. Lockheed has implemented a marketing strategy for the overdue, overpriced and underperforming F-35 supposedly stealthy light bomber that would make Erwin Rommel swoon.
To make the F-35 Congress-proof, Lockheed spread development and construction contracts across all but a few States. If the programme dies, there go all those jobs, jobs, jobs - enough to give any Congressman second thoughts. The company was shrewd enough to save plenty of gravy for its foreign developer partners - the UK, Canada, etc.
For a while the company said those contracts would continue even if Canada didn't ink a firm deal for the F-35, i.e. so long as the option was open. Now it's playing hardball.
If Canada goes ahead and buys something else, such as the Boeing Super Hornet, Lockheed will pull those $825 million in contracts.
"It's not really a threat," [Steve Over, Lockheed director of international sales] said in an interview with CBC News. "I don't want it perceived as a threat, but we will have no choice, if Canada walks away from F-35, except to relocate work in Canada to other purchasing nations."
By the end of the year, Over said he expects the value of Canadian parts and sustainment contracts to reach $1 billion, with an anticipated lifetime value of $10 billion or more.
This puts the prime minister in an awkward spot. He hasn't shown a lot of spine in rough water. Presumably Lockheed was watching closely as he buckled on the Saudi Death Wagon deal. Will Slick dare risk incurring Lockheed's wrath and the fury of Canada's corporate sector or will he run true to course and just fold?
Lockheed can pretend it's not a threat but it damn well is. Are we going to do as we're told - one more time?