No new fighter jet talks amid Boeing-Bombardier spat, say Liberals
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 0:05
"A productive relationship between industry and government is crucial", the minister said.
Boeing spokesman Scott Day said this morning that the company is postponing its planned Interim Fighter Capability Project (IFCP) industry teaming announcement at the annual CANSEC defence industry trade show organized the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).
A government official told reporters that Boeing "is not acting like a valued partner right now, so we've suspended discussions", but a spokesperson for the same official said shortly thereafter that while government ministers were not talking to the company, "there is no formal suspension".
Harjit Sajjan, Canada's defense minister, speaks with members of.
Boeing alleges that Bombardier's new CSeries jetliners were being sold below cost in the USA market and are unfairly subsidized by Canadian taxpayers.
"This is a commercial matter that Boeing is seeking to address through the normal course for resolving such issues", Day said in an email.
Underlining Canada's unhappiness at Boeing's actions, Mr. Sajjan said this "interim fleet procurement requires a trusted industry partner" and said "our government - and I stress this - our government is disappointed in the action of one of our leading industry partners".
Canada's defense minister repeated a threat Wednesday to cancel the purchase of 18 fighter jets from Boeing Co. because of the company's trade complaint against Canadian plane maker Bombardier. "We're going to continue working with the US Navy, providing information on the Super Hornet that will be provided to the government of Canada".
"We are following a normal process available to USA companies, we're following USA laws", Day told Radio Canada International Wednesday.
Sajjan also said the defence policy review that he will unveil next week will be linked to the government's broader innovation agenda. "Obviously this is not a done deal yet, we value the minister's opinion and we think the Super Hornet is still a valuable fit for Canadian defences".
"We call on all of our industry partners to speak with one voice about the interconnectedness of the defence industry supply chains in Canada and the United States".
The company's operations in Canada account for 14 per cent of the country's aerospace industry.
"Boeing has provided reliable solutions to Canada's defence and security needs, and we respect the mutual trust we have established with the Canadian Armed Forces".