Trudeau to Discuss Future of Fighter Jet Deal With U.S.

Justin Trudeau already navigates a political and public relations minefield, and he hasn’t even started his term as Canadian Prime Minister.

The freshly elected Trudeau intends to consult President Barack Obama before restarting the process of replacing Canada's aging fleet of combat jets.

Trudeau’s campaign centered on abandoning an existing plan to purchase F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin, replacing it with an open bidding process for less expensive aircraft. Trudeau wants to talk things over with the United States before pulling back from the stated agreement for F-35s.

The conversation between Obama and Trudeau may happen in November at the G20 meeting in Turkey, though that remains to be seen. Saab's Gripen, Dassault Aviation's Rafale, Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon have previously been considered. Trudeau has pitched the idea of purchasing around 60 less expensive planes and putting funds earmarked for the F-35 into warships.