The more research one does into it, the more that they'll find out it was far from the exact story as told on the CBC's Arrow movie production.
Diefenbaker wasn't anywhere near as evil as he appeared to be, and arguably even try to salvage some of it.
To keep the performance you always hear about they'd have to refuel almost constantly with the day's technology, and none of the other systems that it was supposed to use were ready anyway.
Yes it is still something to be proud of as a Canadian and yes it was a great jet for its day, but to suggest that we'd still be flying them today is crazy.
At most it could have been viewed as the father of something like the F4 Phantom, but those aren't exactly first line anymore and they were a decade newer.
I'm as big of a fan of them as anyone...I've got the $20 coin, the Sushu painting/print, the posters, the models, etc, but let us be realistic here and not base our opinions on some docutainment.
Just like every other front line fighter (F22, F35), you almost break the bank of the country if you try to research and build these things unless you're at war.