Lib­eral min­is­ters meet Lock­heed Martin at Paris Air Show, snub Boe­ing

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — Aero­space gi­ant Boe­ing ap­pears to have got­ten the cold shoul­der from the Trudeau gov­ern­ment in Paris.

Three cab­i­net min­is­ters are in the French cap­i­tal this week to pro­mote Canada’s aero­space sec­tor and meet with var­i­ous com­pa­nies at the pres­ti­gious Paris Air Show. Those meet­ings in­clude dis­cus­sions with fighter jet mak­ers such as Lock­heed Martin, which is hop­ing its F-35 stealth fighter will re­place Canada’s ag­ing CF-18S.

But Trans­port Min­is­ter Marc Garneau and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Navdeep Bains say there are no plans to meet with Boe­ing, de­spite pre­vi­ous talks to buy 18 in­terim Su­per Hor­net fighter jets from the com­pany.

It’s the lat­est Lib­eral gov­ern­ment snub of Boe­ing fol­low­ing the U.S. firm’s re­cent trade com­plaint against Cana­dian ri­val Bom­bardier. Min­is­ters say the plan to buy Su­per Hor­nets from Boe­ing has been put on hold, as the gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers all op­tions for buy­ing in­terim jets.

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