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By Edelgard Mahant, Graeme S. Mount

An research of the space among Canadian perceptions of yank coverage towards Canada and genuine US coverage. It makes use of a number of circumstances facing political and fiscal matters and concludes that for the main half Canada was once unimportant in Washington.

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Until late in the Eisenhower presidency, most aircraft lacked the capacity to fly non-stop from American territory (other than Alaska) to targets in the Soviet Union or across the Atlantic Ocean. Bases at stops in Canada increased the range of the United States Air Force. After 1960, the development and deployment of long-range aircraft and of intercontinental ballistic missiles would reduce the need for Canadian cooperation. The Permanent Joint Board on Defense remained active. ”11 The Soviet Union was, of course, the potential enemy against whom American authorities felt they must be on guard.

By 1950, uranium was available from American and Canadian sources as well as from the Belgian Congo. 67 Canada and the United Nations At the United Nations, the State Department sought an active role for Canada. 68 Belgium’s Paul-Henri Spaak spoke no English, and Norway’s Trigve Lie, who spoke no French, also came from a country located close to the Soviet Union and thus was potentially vulnerable to Soviet pressure. ” The Soviets’ favourite candidate for the post was Ambassador Simic of Yugoslavia, and although they expressed personal admiration for Pearson, Ambassador Andrei Gromyko found him unacceptable.

168 Yet, before that happened, the Truman administration had downplayed Canadian advice and allowed MacArthur to advance to the Chinese border. To its peril, it had also ignored Canadian diplomat Ronning’s warnings about Chinese intervention. This is not to say that the Truman and Eisenhower administrations resented the limited Canadian war effort and the accompanying deluge of advice. Eisenhower gave no special status to his Canadian ally. 169 The combined Commonwealth troops in Korea were but a small fraction of the total United Nations command.

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