I understand the desire to have something good for less, it all comes down to a personal choice. For me, if I were in the market for a new plane, I'd buy a Veritas in a heartbeat over the new Wood River plane, I'd rather cry once over the price, and know I now own an heirloom quality tool, but that might just be me.
I'm sure that they will sell a lot of these planes, they do look good, but I VERY much doubt that they have the R&D that has gone into the Veritas planes
To me it is just a bonus that I'd be supporting a Canadian company while doing this.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward