The primary goal of this site is to provide mature, meaningful discussion about the Vancouver Canucks. However, we all need a break some time so this forum is basically for anything off-topic, off the wall, or to just get something off your chest! This forum is named after poster Creeper, who passed away in July of 2011 and was a long time member of the Canucks message board community.
The Gripen seems almost built for Canada. Lower operating cost, capable of operating from austere conditions, yet performance to rival "the big boys". Like the Canadian military, the Gripen can "punch above its weight".
If that was not enough, Saab offers impressive industrial offsets to buyers. The recent deal with Brazil resulted in local assembly and transfer of technology.
Canada had already decided on the F-35. A change of government in both countries has scuttled that.
Typical in Canadian military procurement, contracts are abandoned when there is a change in government and manufacturers kickbacks need to be re routed to new constituents.
Then there was the endless Canadian government bailouts of Quebec based Bombardier with it's struggling commercial passenger aircraft competing with similar efforts of F-35 maker Boeing combined with a new US regime that looks less favourably at foreign governments subsidizing competing businesses.
Bombarier ends up selling off it's aircraft efforts to Airbus, Canada still buys a Boeing product albeit an aged used product that will have similar maintenance issues as Canada's existing fleet.
Canada still doesn't have a modern aircraft to replace the F-18.
Over the Internet, you can pretend to be anyone or anything.
I'm amazed that so many people choose to be complete twats.