Boeing pitches guarantee of billions of dollars of work for Canadian firms if its Super Hornet is picked by Canada
U.S. aerospace giant Boeing is pitching its guarantee of 30 billions of dollars of work for Canadian companies as well as keeping aircraft maintenance in country as it tries to convince the Liberal government to select a new version of the Super Hornet fighter jet
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November 19, 2019 - by DAVID PUGLIESE for ottawacitizen.com
Boeing is hoping that new technology on the Super Hornet and its commitment to place as much as $30 billion of work with Canadian firms will result in it winning the competition to build 88 jets.
The move comes as the NDP and aerospace unions are becoming more vocal about the need for Canada's fighter jet replacement project to pay major dividends for the economy.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said last week he would be pushing that issue when Parliament returns and he hopes to have a discussion with the Liberal's new defence minister about how Canadian jobs can be created and sustained by the program.
Boeing had been non-committal to the Canadian program as it reviewed the bidding requirements throughout the summer. But that changed last week when Boeing confirmed it was in the race.
"We wouldn't be having this conversation if we didn't think we had a very realistic chance of winning," Boeing executive Jim Barnes said in an interview with this newspaper.
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