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LETTER: Canada’s great fighter jet debate

On Saturday, March 13, the Alberta 700 Wing of the RCAF Association is hosting a virtual debate on the pros and cons of the aircraft in the competition.

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RE: MCCOLL: Rearming the Canadian Air Force

Canada is going through a competition to purchase 88 new fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, Saab JAS-39 Gripen E, and Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet are the contenders. The award of the $15-19 billion contract will be in 2022.

On Saturday March 13, the Alberta 700 Wing of the RCAF Association is hosting a virtual debate on the pros and cons of the aircraft in the competition.  Tickets are on sale now. Proceeds from ticket sales will support RCAF Association advocacy work as well as a charity for veterans and the Air Cadet program.

The honorable Laurie Hawn, CD, RCAF L.Col (Ret.) is a former CF-18 pilot, former Fighter Weapons Instructor (CF-18), former RCAF Squadron Commander, and former Conservative Member of Parliament. He will present on the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.

Ricardo Traven, CD, RCAF Maj (Ret.) is a former CF-18 pilot, the former Boeing Chief Test Pilot for the F-18 family of fighters and is currently Boeing’s Chief Test Pilot for the 787 Dreamliner. He will present on the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Alex McColl is the National Defence Columnist with the Western Standard and a Canadian military analyst. He has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Calgary, where he wrote his capstone thesis: CF-39 Arrow II: A Swedish Solution to the CF-18 Replacement Problem. He will present on the Saab JAS-39E Gripen.

Brian Andrus

Communications, 700 Wing RCAF Association

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LETTER: Thanks for keeping the COVID debate civil

There is a great deal more weight and effectiveness from being polite without compromising the message.

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RE: Danielle Smith UNCENSORED speaks to three deplatformed doctors

Thank you for keeping this debate civil.  

I had a subscription to the Western Standard years ago, and had to let it go because while I deeply believed in and supported the information that was presented, it was done with such a rude and caustic rhetoric.  

There is a great deal more weight and effectiveness from being polite without compromising the message.  I respect that.  Danielle Smith and Dr. Modry are great examples of excellent presenting.  

Thank you for that

Sharmon Crane
Eckville, AB

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LETTER: Liberal Enbridge fight another stab in the heart for Albertans

Now, why would this particular issue be more relevant than the Keystone issue?

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RE: Analyst says Enbridge Line 5 fight shows Trudeau, Biden playing both sides on energy issues

Thanks for all your timely articles.

With all the issues that Alberta is facing regarding pipelines, I read recently that our Federal Natural Resources Minister, Seamus O’Regan, is now vowing to defend the Enbridge Line 5 issue with the state of Michigan. 

Now, why would this particular issue be more relevant than the Keystone issue?  Perhaps because Line 5 not only supplies oil to the States but also to refineries in Sarnia. 

Seems to me to be another twist of the knife to Albertans.

Lloyd Morgan
Rockyford, AB

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LETTER: Kenney should be a limbo dancer because of his COVID response

Kenney never discloses the “science” he claims to follow, something he steadfastly refuses to do, likely because he hasn’t any.

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RE: Kenney finally responds to top doc’s letter blasting his pandemic plans

Jasson Kenney’s response to Dr. Dennis Modry is typical political bafflegab. 

Kenney never discloses the “science” he claims to follow, something he steadfastly refuses to do, likely because he hasn’t any.  There is no science to support lockdowns and quarantining of healthy people because it’s never been done – so there can’t be any science. 

The data since these measures have been implemented, as reported by Stanford scientists in peer-reviewed literature, says the measures don’t stop any spread and may actually make it worse. 

Whatever Kenney is following, it’s not science, likely just the herd, as he’s just doing what everybody else is doing and calling that “leadership.” 

He should be a limbo dancer – no matter how low the hurdle, he can slide under it.

Barry McIntyre
Calgary, AB

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