When is the next time Canada will need fighter jets over Canada? Good question, and I don’t think anyone really knows. We do not have a realistic expectation of using fighter jets in a war (or cold war), in the next 5 years, I’d suggest. History suggests that we’ll not need to for up to 50 more years.
Despite that, Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have spent $16,000,000,000.00** of your tax dollars on new planes. How much are you paying over the next 5 years in taxes for these planes and their upkeep?
There are more than 34,000,000 Canadians. Not all pay taxes because some are kids, work on reserves with First Nations treaty cards, or have other valid reasons for not paying income taxes on work. Let’s assume there are 25,000,000 tax paying Canadians (which is overly generous there are 24M apparently. I’ve adjusted the calculation below, which gives an eerie new answer).
$16,000,000,000.00 / 24,000,000 Canadians = $666/Canadian
Divide that over 5 years, and your bill is no less than $133/year.
Look for it on your taxes. For some reason, Harper will have a harder time balancing* the budget, and there will be no reduction in taxes you pay as a result.
But wait! Surely these fighters will increase our capacity to fight overseas? Not really, these planes have no Canadian aircraft carrier to deliver them to where we fight wars (not in Canada). In short, these planes are being bought as a gift to the American arms industry. And don’t you feel safer now?
*Yes, Harper has never actually balanced the budget, but it gets spun that way sometimes.
**UPDATE: These figures are very low, after the Conservatives fell on CONTEMPT for hiding the true numbers which are approximately double (WITHOUT ENGINES)!
UPDATE II: The USA might pull out of the contract before Canada!
UPDATE III: AG slams Conservatives, including the Prime Minister. Deception is not allowed in Parliament.