12/07/2012 12:19 EST | Updated 02/06/2013 05:12 EST

Ten Problems Harper Could Solve With F-35 Money

Looks like Christmas came early for Canadian taxpayers: the news leaked that the much-criticized F-35 military jet purchase, first estimated at $16 Billion or $25 Billion or $30 Billion or $40 Billion, has been cancelled, according to a Postmedia report.

Did Harper finally come to his senses about a fighter jet which was said to have zero communication functionality in Nordic areas, have radar issues, a host of technical problems and ever-growing costs.



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The first order should be for Canada to use the money to buy back its once-pristine international reputation. Should $40B not suffice, Canadians might contemplate how the PM could spend the cash!

  1. Build sustainable permanent homes for Attawapiskat residents and the neighbouring reserve which declared a state of emergency last week.
  2. Bailout Québec and erase other have-not provinces' debt.

  3. Redo the census -- this time with the long-form and with respect for important data collection.
  4. Restore funding to Refugee Healthcare so the cancer-stricken Pakistani man in Saskatchewan can get his meds.

  5. Resurrect respect for science-based evidence: restore funding to Experimental Lakes Area.
  6. Heed to Hillary: restore funding to all maternal health in Third World countries as prescribed by US Secretary of State Clinton.
  7. Restore confidence in beef exports by returning funding to the food inspection agency.
  8. Put the National childcare program back on the table
  9. Keep the top-performing national museum of Civilization as-is; build a national Canadian History Museum in another location.

  10. Give full support to the Veterans Burial fund. Our men and women deserve this after the sacrifice they've made for our country.

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