The Alberta museum of aviation has received this F-104 Starfighter from Holland and will soon put it on display in RCAF colours. This was the fastest plane the Canadian air force ever flew.
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When Canada Was A Nuclear Power
In the 1950s when Canadian astro-scientists were building Mach 4+ Avro Arrows to compete with NASA, it was a simpler time. In 1958 the Canadiens beat the Bruins for the Stanley Cup, cars were fitted with tail fins that worked as directional stabilizers making them safer, movie goers were watching Alfred Hitchcock’s, ‘Vertigo,’ and nuclear missiles were the future of warfare.
As it was realized that in the event of war Soviet bombers would fly over Canada to strike at the U.S., the Americans came up with the nuclear Bomarc missile. It had a short range and the idea was to bomb Canada before the Soviets made it to America. This would have made Toronto and Montreal an atomic dumping ground as the Bomarcs exploded destroying the bombers and their radioactive payloads. The Diefenbaker government knew that this would be a bad idea. So they negotiated with the U.S. to accept Bomarcs so that they would detonate further north, away from major cities.
But as soon as the deal was reached Diefenbaker flip-flopped: He didn’t really want the nuclear weapons.
Infact, he did this twice: The CF-101 Voodoo jet fighter bought from McDonnell was to be fitted with air-to-air nuclear weapons, too. After Canada received the aircraft, they were never put on.
Despite what many people think the Liberals were pro-atomic weapon and the 1963 election was fought over how Canada should become a nuclear power. Lester Pearson won and we became a member of the atomic missile club.
Iranian top guy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is saluted in
the streets of Tehran.
Canada/Iran Friendship Hits Low Point
As Iran sends 150 of its elite Revolutionary Guard to Syria and thousands of tons of armament to help prop up the Assad regime, the Canadian government has finally had enough. Iran will no longer be allowed to keep an embassy here to aid them in spying and to harass its citizens who have moved here. It’s a bit late but Foreign Minister John Baird said today that, “Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended.”
In a stunning political move, the woman leading the polls, Pauline Marois of the PQ, has now decided to give the electorate the finger. We have no idea how this is going to play out. Will Quebeckers continue to support her? One thing is clear: If this leads to an even greater spike in her popularity Liberal leader Jean Charest and the CAQs Francois Legault will have to act quickly. I suggest instead of kissing babies Charest should throw pies in their mother’s faces. Legault could stand on a street corner drunk and berating passerbys.
While it’s illegal to be a racist in Ontario, this Quebec election shows the party leaders trying to out racist each other to prove who’s the biggest racist. In François Legault’s CAQ Party there was some discussion on whether or not to be nice to Asians to gain those votes. Legault, deciding to infact be nice to Asians, is now trailing the PQs Pauline Marois in racism because she wants to ban turbans, kippahs and hijabs from all government offices. All eyes are now on Premiere Charest of the governing PLQ to see if he’ll jump ahead in support by doing or saying something even more racist than Marois. As far as I see it unless Legault reverses his decision and is mean to Asians he’s out of the game.
CBC affectionados wait with great enthusiasm as the public broadcaster begins work on one giant commercial for the NDP. It promises to be the longest and most expensive partisan advertisement in the history of Canada. A miniseries, it will deal with the New Democrats rise to political power, becoming the official opposition and the death of leader Jack Layton. This will also be historic in Canadian television because it will mark the first time that all of Quebec, the city of Toronto, and Vancouver watch TV at the same time while everyone else in the country is seeing what’s on Fox.