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Canada to reconsider F/A-18 purchase following US Bombardier probe

19 May 2017

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland issued a statement responding to the launch of a US Department of Commerce investigation into Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier on 18 May.

Ms Freeland expressed her disagreement with the proceedings, which were initiated by rival aeroplane producer Boeing, saying they were "clearly aimed at blocking Bombardier's new aircraft, the CSeries, from entering the US market".

In response she said that Canada would be "reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boeing", suggesting that the country's proposed purchase of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as an interim replacement for its fleet of CF-188A/B Hornets would be reconsidered.

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