CHURCHILL, MAN. - Two CF-18 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian bombers that came within 55 kilometres of Canada's Arctic territory, just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to make a high-profile visit to the region.
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! They're targeting our prime minister!
But we know from previous reporting that these flights aren't unusual. This dance in the skies has been going on for years and until recently wasn't deemed to be headline news. Note the response from the PMO.
"Thanks to the rapid response of the Canadian Forces, at no time did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign Canadian airspace," Dimitri Soudas, Harper's director of communication said in an email.
Right. Without the rapid response by Canadian Forces, those Russian aircraft would have violated Canadian airspace and bombed your house. Dimitri Soudas knows this for a fact!
It's interesting to see the way these stories are now breathlessly reported in the news just when there's renewed criticism of the government's intention to buy those F-35s.PS: Why isn't Dimitri Soudas in jail for dodging a subpoena? Or did he make that statement from a holding cell?