After months of listening in pained and piqued silence, Ottawa formally replied last week to persistent U.S. complaints that Canada is not pulling a full oar in Western defense. At the Commercial Club of Chicago, Canada's Trade & Commerce Minister C. D. Howe told an audience of businessmen exactly what Canada's contribution to Western defense is:
¶ A projected three-year defense expenditure of $5 billion.
¶Three destroyers, an R.C.A.F. transport squadron, a 6,000-man brigade for Korea.
¶ Another brigade, eleven fighter squadrons, weapons for about four divisions for NATO.
¶A projected navy of 100 ships (present strength: 40), with reinforced air...