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Lecture 18 Part 1 – John G. Diefenbaker
Lecture 18 Part 1 – John G. Diefenbaker

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Western University
History 2201E
Linda Sabathy- Judd

Lecture 18 Part 1 – John G. Diefenbaker  John G. Diefenbaker o Elected in 1957 o Eager, but inexperienced in foreign affairs o Best remembered for destroying the Avro Arrow project in 1958  Had no choice but to cancel it: cost was extremely high and threatened to undermine the government, can’t justify the cost  Sputnik had already been lost o Portrayed as a western anti-American; really not (from Ontario)  Didn’t like the “Yankee” influence on Canada, but knew how much Canada needed the US for defense o Atomic armaments for Canada  Showed his inexperience in dealing with these matters  Accepted the American Bomarc Missile to be installed in northern Canada, mostly northern Quebec  Americans assumed that installing the missiles would arm Canada with nuclear warheads  Diefenbaker didn’t want nuclear arms in Canada; wanted to Bomarc missile access to them it they were needed
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