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."
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.