From Diefenbaker to Pearson, 1963
This chapter analyses the nuclear crisis in Canada–US relations. As a result of the Cuban missile crisis, Canada finally agreed to begin final negotiations with the United States toward the acceptance of nuclear weapons. However, the talks bogged down, leading to a rupture in the bilateral relationship. Indeed the situation was worsened when the nuclear issue sparked a domestic political crisis in Canada. The result was the collapse of John Diefenbaker’s government, for which the United States bears some blame. In a resulting election Canada–US relations proved to be a divisive campaign issue, with Diefenbaker appealing to nationalist rhetoric. However, ultimately, he was defeated at the polls, the result of his mismanagement of a host of issues, relations with the United States among them.
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