Former MP Laurie Hawn requested to surrender as RCAF Hon. Col. because of ‘political advocating’


Former Conservative MP for Edmonton Laurie Hawn stated he was once informed “to fall on his pen knife” and surrender as Hon. Col. with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He stated his “vocal opposition” to CF-18 substitute was once “not well received.”

Hawn could also be a former CF-18 fighter pilot.

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He stated he was once requested to surrender his place after he criticized the federal government’s determination to shop for as much as 18 Super Hornet fighter jets.

In a Facebook submit Monday, Hawn stated “speaking truth to power can be risky.”

He defined that he spoke out “somewhat extra forcefully than was once preferred to the Commander of the RCAF and the Chief of the Defence Staff, at the factor of the CF-18 substitute.

“This is a condensation of a few of my details, and I do know that senior army leaders have their arms tied. As fans will know, I’ve been very crucial of the 100 according to cent politically motivated plan to shop for 18 ‘interim’ Super Hornets for a while.”

Hawn instructed Canada may “fill the fabricated ‘capability gap’ with 27 F-18C/D aircraft from Kuwait at the bargain basement price of $330 million” or “improve our 76 CF-18s to Super Hornet device standing for roughly 20 according to cent of what it is going to price us to shop for 18 Super Hornets.

“Rather than pursue both of the ones choices, we’d somewhat waste about USD $five.four billion on 18 airplane with out a actual build up in capacity.”

READ MORE: Edmonton MP Hawn calls it a occupation 

You can learn Hawn’s complete Facebook message under.

“An open and fair competition could be started tomorrow and take no more than a year; but the government wants to kick the can down the road until after the next election,” he wrote.

“If we stock on, I firmly imagine and lots of others proportion my trust that we will be able to kill the fighter power. I merely can’t make stronger that and my judgment of right and wrong won’t let me keep silent and be deemed complicit via that silence. I’ve been in and across the RCAF for 53 years and it’s soul destroying to peer what is going on within the title of politics.

“As expected, my vocal opposition to the plan was once no longer smartly won via essentially the most senior management of the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces. I used to be requested to surrender my place of Hon.Col. of 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron (the oldest Squadron within the RCAF, 20 Nov. 1918). That, I dutifully did, however since I’m no longer essential sufficient to have sword, I simply fell on my pen-knife.

“I will be able to proceed to recommend for what I feel is in the most productive pursuits of the RCAF, Canada, our aerospace trade and taxpayers. Most Canadians won’t actually care about Super Hornet as opposed to F-35, however I feel they do care concerning the waste of billions of greenbacks for little or no go back, particularly if it’s purely within the title of politics.”

WATCH: Deadly CF-18 crash hits with regards to house for former Edmonton MP and fighter pilot 

Hawn will probably be talking with Tom Vernon for an interview on Global News at five Edmonton on Wednesday.

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In a commentary, the Department of National Defence/Royal Canadian Air Force stated:

“Lt.-Col. (Retired), the Honorable Laurie Hawn has admirably served the Royal Canadian Air Force since 1964, together with his most up-to-date carrier because the Hon. Col. for 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron. During his army occupation he flew over 7,000 jet hours, most commonly within the CF-18, CF-104 and CT-133, served on 4 fighter squadrons, and commanded 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron. Noting the Honorable Laurie Hawn served as a Member of Parliament for a few years, which integrated his appointment to the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada, his hobby in govt coverage stays glaring.

“As political advocating isn’t suitable with persevered carrier as an Hon. Col., the Honorable Laurie Hawn has resigned as Hon. Col. for 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron.

“His management and tireless dedication to the RCAF is deeply preferred. The Commander of the RCAF requested him to surrender over the last weekend (Feb. 11).”

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The RCAF spokesperson stated a brand new Hon. Col. for 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron has no longer but been showed.

“The Royal Canadian Air Force Hon. Col. Handbook provides guidance on the associated roles and responsibilities,” the commentary persevered.

Section three.33 is entitled Public Relations and reads:

“The common public and the inside track media believe Honorary appointees to be representatives of the De­partment of National Defence, the similar as some other serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Public re­lations are an important a part of the actions of an Honorary appointee and because of their prime visibility in the area people they’re in call for via the inside track media. Honorary individuals are inspired to just accept invita­tions as visitor audio system or as individuals in public purposes.

“It is essential, alternatively, that Hon. Col. stay outdoor any public controversy in regards to the Canadian Armed Forces, steer smartly transparent of feedback that may be able to threaten operational safety and not use the appointment to advertise political opinion or to hunt political favour for the unit or any member thereof.”



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