Diefenbaker and his government faced ruthless condemnation following the scrapping of the Arrow. Many blamed Diefenbaker for having single-handedly destroyed the program. Some argued that the sophisticated Arrow would have contributed to the national development and international prestige of Canada.
In truth, the Liberal government had already considered discontinuing the Arrow program before losing the 1957 election to the Progressive Conservatives. Unfortunately, it was Diefenbaker who inherited the costly set-backs that had plagued the jet’s development.