I can’t help thinking of the Avro Arrow and the loss of all those aeronautical engineers to NASA when I read about the Bankruptcy courts in Canada and the United States approving the sale of Nortel Network to Ericsson. Avro was a leader in aeronautics just as Nortel was once the high-tech flag ship. Both received all manner of government assistance. At the present time Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement says he hasn’t decided whether to intervene in the planned sale. It’s interesting that it was a Conservative government that shot down the Avro Arrow with the cheaper and unproven foreign built Bomarc missle. If the Government doesn’t intervene and stop the sale, both Clement and Harper risk being lumped together with John George Diefenbaker as destroyers of Canadian technological. If the Conservatives are serious about developing global centres of excellence in high tech industries, they must intervene and stop the sale to Ericsson. Canada, to recover from the recession, needs to keep it’s high tech innovations and developers home. RIM is Canadian and best qualified to build the world’s next-generation wireless networks , for which Nortel’s technology holds the key.