CANADA: Starfighters for NATO

Confronted with any number of good causes to spend money on, appalled by the swift obsolescence of military hardware, even faintly hoping that a cold war thaw might resolve the question. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's government delayed for months a $350 million decision: whether to replace the outmoded Sabre day fighters flown by eight of Canada's twelve NATO squadrons in Europe. Ottawa's long irresolution spurred a mild rash of public and private talk that Canada should spend the money on aid to underdeveloped nations instead—to the extent that a discomfited Diefenbaker,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!