Mr. Speaker, as has already been communicated to the publicly funded broadcaster for its shockumentary dramatization last night, Canada's involvement in the F-35 program, as the member would know, goes back to 1997. It was in fact under a previous government. The decision in 2010 to purchase the F-35 was based on the advice of officials within the Department of National Defence, the Department of Public Works and members of the Canadian Forces, and, in fact, not lobbyists at all.
The member also knows that we have a secretariat now in place to increase transparency and accountability and reporting to the public. We will wait on that advice.
No money has been spent thus far on the acquisition. Funding is frozen at this point.