He's been gone for one month now, and his input here was just as welcome as yours or mine regardless of our differing conclusions so I hope we can go easy on him. Discussion is good.
For all Canadians this is proving to be an extremely dismaying course of events. The government has clearly gotten itself into a terribly messy hole, so my hope for any sort of positive outcome is that a completely honest, open, and proper competition is held to determine a replacement for the CF-18. My hunch is that either the Super Hornet or the Rafale would win.
I also have a hunch that if/when Obama is re-elected the entire F-35 program will be shut down, but that's just me.