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Camelot and CanadaCanadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era$
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Asa McKercher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190605056

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190605056.001.0001

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Troubled Endings

Troubled Endings

From Diefenbaker to Pearson, 1963

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Camelot and Canada

Asa McKercher

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   1963 election, Lester Pearson, nuclear weapons, nuclear security, BOMARC, Canada–US relations, John F. Kennedy, John Diefenbaker, anti-Americanism, Canadian nationalism

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