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FLASHBACK: Trudeau promised in 2015 to not buy jets—he just bought them in 2022

The Trudeau Liberals are buying fighter jets that they previously vowed to never purchase.

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The Trudeau Liberals are buying fighter jets that they previously vowed to never purchase.

During a press conference on Monday, Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that the Trudeau government would be purchasing 88 jets, with intent to sign the final purchase contracts with Lockheed Martin this year.

"A new fleet of state-of-the-art fighter jets is essential for Canada's security, sovereignty and ability to defend itself," Anand said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, had previously vowed to never purchase the jets, and even put the promise on his 2011 campaign manifesto.

"The Conservative government never actually justified or explained why they felt Canada needed a fifth-generation fighter," Trudeau said in 2015, reports the National Post.

"They just talked about it like it was obvious. It was obvious, as we saw through the entire process, that they were particularly, and some might say unreasonably or unhealthily, attached to the F-35 aircraft."

Conservative analyst Stephen Taylor pointed out that in 2011, the Liberals vowed to "cancel the mismanaged, $30 billion deal for F-35 stealth fighter jets. When it is necessary to buy new fighters, we'll spend billions less than the Harper government would have."

A resurfaced video shows Trudeau making the bold promise, and even going so far as to say that he would stand up for taxpayers, so that they did not have to pay for the planes.

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