Canadian Friends Service Committee—the national peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada—endorses the No Fighter Jets campaign. We call on Canada to invest in communities and wellbeing, not war planes.
Canada plans to purchase 88 new Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters for $19 billion (with a lifecycle cost of at least $77 billion). This plane is designed for first strike attacks and can carry a nuclear bomb. A new Parliamentary e-petition calls for Canada to:
1. Conduct and publicize a comprehensive study on the financial, climate, environmental and social costs and risks of the F-35 fighter jets;
2. Make public the findings for the gender-based analysis, environmental assessment, climate impacts, and impacts on Indigenous communities of the new fleet of F-35s; and
3. Cancel the planned purchase of F-35 fighter jets and invest in climate action and the well-being of Canadians.