CANADA: Missiles for the North

Big news was brewing on Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker summoned newsmen for a late afternoon press conference, kept them fidgeting until all the nation's stock markets were closed for the day. Then, under the glare of TV lights, Diefenbaker announced a 180° shift in the course of Canada's air-defense planning. The R.C.A.F. will gradually eliminate the nine jet squadrons that now guard the continent's northern frontier, replace them with radar-guided Bomarc missiles built in the U.S. Into the discard: Canada's pride and joy, the big, 1,500-m.p.h. Avro CF-105 Arrow...

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