The miniseries isn't perfectly on all the facts, but I still like it. There are some really good books on the arrow, particularly the one printed by Boston Mills Press. Superb photos, and excellent coverage of the program. The C.102 Jetliner is kind of an airplane that time forgot, but if you ever see a copy of the book about it by Jim Floyd (the designer) it is very good. Interestingly Avro managed to get about 60 orders from outside Canada (and this is without a fully developed aircraft, which was more common in those days), but the Canadian government ordered them to stop all work and only do the CF-100. They even tried to license produce it at Convair, and had set up plant layouts and everything before the USAF ordered Convair to only work on the bomber programmes... The rest is history, albeit forgotten history.
I really doubt the RCAF will get new planes anytime soon. The government won't spend the bucks. The air force needs new equipment in a lot of ways, and I think the choppers and Hercs are higher priority than fighter/bombers right now.
Personally my feeling on the PS.13 Iroquois engines for the Arrow are that that bit of a delay to the program of having development engines may have been just enough to stall production. The Iroquois was good, but expensive, and the Arrow would have met specs with the Pratts. At a minimal cost the Pratts could have been used to cut the cost of the program and still had a good aircraft. I personally can't believe that after spending that much money on the aircraft (ie-nearly all the development costs) that they didn't salvage the aircraft. If you want to cancel a program, it has to be done before the money was spent. They blew the money and then scrapped the whole thing. And then ended up spending the money all over again on CF-104's, CF-5's, and CF-101's. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
One other point. When the Panavia Toranado was built, one of the original participants in the program was the Canadian government. We could have had part of the R&D and constructions of our own fighters instead of the CF-18's if we had gone with the Tornadoes, but the government pulled out in the early stages. Another lack of foresight.
As for the choppers, I think the versions the Canadian government is buying now will have some local content, but not as much as the original EH-101 purchase would have. I just seem to remember reading something about Bristol Aerospace getting a contract from it, as well as some other contractors.