Surprise, surprise - the F-35 is being designed with a nuclear weapons capability. Presumably even Steve Harper hasn't got the guts to add a nuclear arsenal to Canada's military establishment but, with that guy, there's no telling.
A nuclear capability on such a range-limited warplane suggests one thing - nuclear first-strike.
That the F-35 is, in reality, a light bomber rather than the fighter our government and Air Force leaders claim is evident in this throwaway line from Aviation Week about bomb jettisoning tests now underway:
"...in the field, the F-35 will likely be employed primarily in level
flying conditions to maintain the lowest radar cross section possible
for ground-attack missions."
Exactly. It doesn't have "fighter stealth", it has "bomber stealth." The one supposed advantage for which it sacrifices every quality that defines a great fighter warplane is stealth, bomber stealth. This is a straight line in, straight line out airplane - a bomber.