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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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The Spirit of Hyannis Port and the End of Camelot

(p.207) Epilogue
Camelot and Canada

Asa McKercher

Oxford University Press

The epilogue deals with Canada–US relations during the eight-month overlap between President Kennedy and Lester Pearson—a period that indicated that bilateral tension would continue, as would rising Canadian nationalism. Pearson and Kennedy rekindled a friendly relationship, yet it was one that could not mask wider underlying tensions. So, in the face of nationalist discontent, and in response to a variety of policy differences with their northern neighbors, the Kennedy administration and the Canadian specialists in the State Department displayed considerable forbearance, a reflection of the good feeling underscoring the special relationship between the two countries in the era of quiet diplomacy.

Keywords:   Lester Pearson, nuclear weapons, Merchant-Heeney Report, Canada–US relations, John F. Kennedy, John Diefenbaker, anti-Americanism, Canadian nationalism, Canadian identity

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