OTTAWA — Defence Department officials were juggling numbers and struggling to rationalize their own claims last year that the F-35 stealth fighter would cost the same to sustain as Canada’s existing CF-18s, internal departmental e-mails show.
The revelation — which one analyst says is completely wrong — emerges as the NDP prepares to hold its own hearings into the government’s plans to purchase the controversial fighter jet.
Since the Harper government announced its intention to purchase 65 F-35s in July 2010, it and the Defence Department have maintained that the cost of sustaining the fleet would run in the same order of magnitude as Canada’s CF-18s.
But e-mails obtained by Postmedia News show Defence officials began quietly questioning that assertion in August 2011.
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Question are being raised by our Northern Neighbors. Peter, Pat and Bernie: you should follow suit. Stop the F35.