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e-3821 (National defence and military operations)

Initiated by Tamara Lorincz from Waterloo, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The government of Canada plans to purchase 88 new fighter jets for $19 billion;
  • The No New Fighter Jets Coalition has estimated the life-cycle costs to be $76.8 billion;
  • Spending on new fighter jets would divert resources away from crucial social and environmental needs and Indigenous communities;
  • Former Deputy Minister of National Defense, Charles Nixon, asserted that new fighter jets were not necessary to protect security or sovereignty;
  • Fighter jets use a specialized fuel JP8, emit excessive emissions and exacerbate the climate crisis;
  • There is no plan to offset these emissions preventing the government from decarbonizing and meeting its Paris Agreement target;
  • National Defense is the largest emitter among all federal departments, yet most of its emissions are exempt from the federal emission reduction plan;
  • Low-level fighter jet training causes noise pollution and disrupt nearby communities;
  • Air weapons ranges harm the forest, soil, water and wildlife;
  • Fighter jets are for bombing that destroys infrastructure and kills people; and
  • International conflicts can be resolved with peaceful diplomacy and without fighter jets.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Cancel the competition to purchase new combat aircraft;
2. Include all of the emissions from the military vehicles and operations in the government’s emission reduction plan and net-zero plan; and
3. Invest in a conversion plan to create thousands of jobs in the green, care economy to transition Canada away from fossil fuel and armed forces.
Open for signature
February 7, 2022, at 4:24 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 9, 2022, at 4:24 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Bardish Chagger (Waterloo)
May 9, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00416)
Photo - Bardish Chagger
Liberal Caucus
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