1, 2, 3, 4... DOES IT MATTER IF THERE'S A TRADE WAR?
"Hey Justin, smell my finger..." Well... It looks like the opening salvo has been fired in a trade war between the USA and Canada . The particulars are not important to our discussion here; just the usual bloviating and rhetoric . What is important is whether or not this trade war will play a role in Canada's CF-18 replacement decision. Should military purchases be considered as ammunition in a trade war? On one hand, it could be argued that any trade war with the USA would be temporary. Why base a 30 (or more) year fighter commitment on presidency that may not see the end of the decade? Trump's tariffs are not widely supported and would likely not outlast his presidency. With the CF-18 replacement not likely happening until the mid-2020s, the entire Trump presidency could be considered a moot point. Unfortunately, the Trump presidency (and his tariffs) will cast its shadow over most, if not all, of the CF-18 replacement process. An RFP (request f