The purpose of these jets is to drop bombs and kill people. Canada's current stock of fighter jets has spent the last few decades bombing Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Serbia, and Syria, prolonging violent conflict and contributing to massive humanitarian and refugee crises. These operations had an immediate deadly toll on human life (disproportionally children), and killed many more by destroying vital civilian infrastructure.
An upfront cost of $19 billion. At least $77 billion over the lifespan of the jets. The second most expensive procurement in Canadian history. That's money we need for healthcare, education, housing, clean water, and to address the true global threats we face, none of which can be bombed.
Jet fuel emissions are already enormous and accelerating the climate crisis. These new jets will lock us in to massive, deadly carbon emissions for the next 30 years, making any of Canada's climate targets impossible to achieve.
NEW: Open letter launched!
Over 100 public figures have joined us in asking Justin Trudeau and Harjit Sajjan to spend $77 billion on ensuring a just recovery instead of on new fighter jets! Read the letter and join them here!
Here’s a sneak peek of some of the campaign’s recent media coverage.
Our new and improved Lockheed Martin ad
Lately we’ve been noticing Lockheed Martin fighter jet ads everywhere, and we know they’re especially targeted at Canadian politicians. So we fact-checked one and placed the ad where tens of thousands of folks across Canada would see it – in online news media and on social media.
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On May 19 2021 we launched a new parliamentary petition calling for Canada to cancel the fighter jet purchase, include the military’s carbon emissions in the government’s GHG emission reduction plan, and invest in a conversion plan to create thousands of jobs to help transition Canada away from fossil fuels and armed force. It was presented in the House of Commons on June 21.
Report: Uncovering the True Cost of 88 New Fighter Jets
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fast to Stop the Jets
Across Canada on April 10& 11 2021, public fasts, vigils, and demonstrations honoured those who have been killed by Canadian war planes and rejected Canada’s plans to buy 88 new bomber jets. Two people, Vanessa Lanteigne and Brendan Martin, fasted for 14 days. Learn more here.
Learn more about the April 10 & 11 fast here. Watch the webinar where the fast to stop the jets was first announced here.
Even former Deputy Minister of Defence Charles Nixon stated that Canada does not face any credible threats and “new Canadian fighters are not required to protect Canada’s populace or sovereignty.”
As the renowned writer George Monbiot put it "If ever there were a time to reassess the genuine threats to our security and separate them from the self-interested aims of the weapons industry, this is it."