Making Peace Vigil

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$16 BILLION FOR WAR-FIGHTING JETS: WRONG FOR CANADA

Posted by strattof on July 30, 2010

“Unless Canada is planning on being the sharp end of the American spear, we don’t need stealth technology.”

–Michael Byers, University of British Columbia

On July 16th, Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced the government would spend $16 billion on 65 F-35 fighter-bombers made by American arms giant Lockheed Martin.

These planes are wrong for peace, wrong for people’s priorities, and wrong for Canada.

WRONG FOR PEACE: The fighter-bombers will do nothing to protect Canada, or to promote global peace and security, for Canadians or others.

  • These stealth fighter-bombers are weapons of aggression, not defence. Professor Michael Byers of UBC says the F-35 is designed to wage “shock and awe” bombing attacks like the one launched against Baghdad by the USA at the start of the Iraq War.
  • Canada is not expecting an aerial attack against its territory; these fighter-bombers are being purchased to allow Canada to participate in the next war launched by the USA and its allies, possibly against Iran or another country.

WRONG PRIORITIES FOR PEOPLE: The billions wasted on war-fighting equipment could be better spent on real human needs.

  • The day before the purchase of the fighter-bombers was announced, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told the Saint John Telegraph Journal that the provinces would have to cut back on their health care spending.
  • Why is there always more money for weapons and war-fighting and never enough to spend on important social programs that benefit all Canadians?
  • At $135 million, just one of these fighter-bombers costs almost as much as the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are spending on affordable housing in this province ($148 million, according to a recent government press release).
  • For the cost of the war in Afghanistan ($18 billion), of these fighter-bombers ($16 billion), and of the next war these planes are designed to fight ($?? billion), what could we do to address poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and environmental damage, and violence here at home?
TAKE ACTION: Contact your MP to say that you don’t support spending billions on war-fighting jets.Ray Boughen, Palliser: boughr@parl.gc.ca or 790-4646; Ralph Goodale, Wascana: goodale@sasktel.net or 585-2202; Tom Lukiwski, Regina-Lumsden: lukiwt@parl.gc.ca or 790-4747; Andrew Scheer, Regina Qu’Appelle: scheea@parl.gc.ca or 790-4727.

 

YOU CAN BOMB THE WORLD TO PIECES, BUT YOU CAN’T BOMB THE WORLD TO PEACE.”

–Michael Franti 

MAKING PEACE VIGIL July 29 2010

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