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February 20,1959 - The Diefenbaker government announced the    cancellation of the CF-105 Arrow fighter aircraft project.

Prime Minister Diefenbaker

"Some people talk about courage. Well, we took a stand in reference to the 'Arrow.' No one wanted to take that stand.... As I look back on it, I think it was one of the decisions that was right.

Here was an instrument beautiful in appearance, powerful, a tribute to Canadian production....

This instrument that was otherwise beautiful, magnificent in its concept, would have contributed little, in the changing order of things, to our national defence."

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