Feb 20
In
honour of the people of Avro and the Canadian public this site is closed
today.
 
" Mr.
Speaker, with the leave of the House I should like to make a somewhat
lengthy statement on the subject of one facet of the national defense
of Canada....The government has carefully examined and reexamined the
probable need for the Arrow aircraft and Iroquois engine known as the
CF105......The conclusion arrived at is that the development of the
aircraft and Iroquois engine should be terminated now."
February 20,1959.
And so with these words, then Conservative
party Prime minister John Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro Arrow, and Iroquois
engine projects. This action threw 50,000 people out of work and destroyed
a nations dream. Please take a moment and reflect on what could have been
and the significance of ours and other "Arrow" projects.