Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Diefenbaker Sanction by Louis Evan Palmer

The federal Conservative Party of Canada displays a dangerously dogmatic, even zealous, streak in dealing with people and programs with which it does not agree. Its tack is not only to deal with it in the here and now but to eliminate it from any potential future as well. Let's call it the Diefenbaker Sanction after the notorious 1958 cancellation of the Avro Arrow project. Not only was the project cancelled but the prototypes, production plane and line were destroyed along with the blueprints and technical data. There was such a rush to destroy the program that some workers almost risked injury or death applying acetylene torches to the planes. They quickly reassessed their approach and the planes were sawn apart. However, the production lines were cut apart with the acetylene torches. The Conservatives of the day denied it later but here we are again in 2011 with the Long Gun Registry and they are not only stopping the program but destroying all the data. Doesn't it smack of the Avro Arrow. Canada must keep the Conservatives away from substantive power because they will end up destroying anything they ideologically determine is the enemy.

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Copyright 2011 Louis Evan Palmer lives in Ontario Canada. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications.


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