CANADA: Time of Decision

The Canadian government yielded last week to a mounting public clamor to send Canadian ground force troops to Korea. With the country seemingly convinced that the three Canadian destroyers and a squadron of ten transport planes already assigned for the Korean campaign were not enough, External Affairs Chief Lester Pearson flew to Washington to get a firsthand appraisal of the military situation. The secret report he brought back to Ottawa helped tumble the last opposition. At a four-hour meeting, the cabinet decided that a brigade of 4,000 to 5,000 volunteers should be recruited immediately for the Korean front.

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