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The biggest layoffs in history

Espresso Logo By Martin Morin of Espresso | Slide 3 of 24: In the 1950s, the Arrow CF-105 interceptor built by A.V. Roe (Avro) was one of the most technologically advanced aircraft of its time. That didn’t stop the Diefenbaker government from abruptly slashing the program in February 1959, laying off 14,525 people. It is estimated that some 25,000 direct and indirect jobs were affected by the decision.

A.V. Roe Canada: 14,525 jobs lost

In the 1950s, the Arrow CF-105 interceptor built by A.V. Roe (Avro) was one of the most technologically advanced aircraft of its time. That didn’t stop the Diefenbaker government from abruptly slashing the program in February 1959, laying off 14,525 people. It is estimated that some 25,000 direct and indirect jobs were affected by the decision.

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