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The difference is that the Arrow was never going to be anything other then an interceptor. That style of aircraft (the design) wasn't going to practical for a multirole fighter, reconnaissance plane, strike fighter, etc. It was also not as competitive as other designs our allies were cooking up such as......
The issue with the cancelation of the Arrow was that the workers had no other projects to fall into. This speaks to a bigger issue that Canada didn't have a lot of development going on after the Canuck. If the government of Canada was serious about keeping this industry then there would have been a fighter in development or even not had the Arrow at all. Interceptors of this size seem like a huge gamble to place most of your aerospace defence sector on.
You seem to be missing the point of the F4. People here keep bringing it up because it was a great design that was able to stay on the front lines of NATO until the end of the Cold War. A large interceptor such as the Arrow doesn't have a lot of appeal to Benelux countries and we everyone had their own industries to sustain/buy from. If you want a successful fighter program in Canada to survive that might only work by teaming up with the Brits or Dutch.
Even if Canada had been able to afford a few squadrons no one else was going to buy it. There would have been no follow on replacement. The Arrow would have served into the 70's and been retired. The RCAF would not been able to afford a upgrade path. What happen I would say was the best outcome for the Canadian aerospace indusrty as a whole. Companies here then concentrated on subsystems and solutions for the other aero giants.
I would also put it to you the death of Bombardier over the last few years is a large blow than the Arrow. Canada will never have a OEM prime again.