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Canada and the United Nations, (Continued).pdf
Canada and the United Nations, (Continued).pdf

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University of Saskatchewan
Political Studies
POLS 375
Jason Zorbas

Canada and the United Nations, (Continued) January-09-13 9:25 AM Canada's role and in the formation of the UN, continued. - Two options countries wanted: ○ Military intervention as a possibility. ○ The 'big boys' stay involved. - Canada was pushing for the aforementioned. - The only way to get the U.S. and U.S.S.R. involved was to let have them vetoes over any action. ○ Canada threw its support behind the United States and supported the idea of allowing the five permanent powers to have a veto. - Collective security (in the context of World War II). ○ Sanctions weren't enough… there had to be the possibility of military action by the UN.  This would become Chapter 7 of the UN's charter. - Korean War ○ The possibility of using military power to prevent intervention from other powers was prevented by allowing the five permanent members of the Security Council veto powers. ○ The biggest problem is the Communists? ○ St. Laurent would eventually be against the idea of two Koreas. ○ King became prime minister on the condition that he be allowed to leave politics following the end of the Korean War. ○ Canada became a part of the United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea (UNTCOK). ○ Major foreign policy decisions were made in the federal Cabinet.  Cabinet unanimity was important.  A major decision today is rendered by the prime minister. □ Cabinet was once a microcosm of Canadian society. □ Getting Cabinet on board before was like getting all of Canadian society on board, as prime ministers often tried to get ministers from every province or region in Canada. - Department of External Affairs ○ Was not happy with election process in Korea. ○ There was a good chance of electoral fraud and intimidation.
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