Canada: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Embarrassing

Canadians are well aware that by geography, politics and the facts of trade Canada is part of the Western Hemisphere's family of nations. And yet, like the prewar U.S. isolationists, they hate to admit it. That was why suggestions that Canada sign the hemispheric defense treaty drawn up at Petropolis (see LATIN AMERICA) were so embarrassing. The thought of joining with the Pan American Union set off a rash of Canadian rationalization:

¶The Ottawa Citizen: "Such a [defense] pact is obviously useful both to the United States and to the South American nations. But it would make complications for Canada....

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