Canada: When Friends Fall Out

"Our relations with the Soviet Union today are better than our relations with Canada." The wry statement by a U.S. Government official was only a slight exaggeration. In a week of mounting tempers, the U.S. accused Canada of failing to live up to its commitments for the defense of North America and Europe. An angry Canada in turn told the U.S. to mind its own business. The dispute threatened to bring down Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's shaky minority government and force an election. If so, Diefenbaker might be able to wage...

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