21 avril 2021 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

Federal budget resurrects 'economic harm' warning as fighter jet contract nears | CBC News

Federal budget resurrects 'economic harm' warning as fighter jet contract nears | CBC News

Defence contractors, perhaps one in particular, were served notice in Monday's budget that the Liberal government will penalize companies that try to do the country economic harm. The policy was a feature of a nasty trade dispute between Ottawa and U.S.-based Boeing over three years ago. Its resurrection comes as Boeing is one of the bidders for the replacement of the RCAF's fighters.


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