Canada: The Letter

Gordon Churchill, 64, Defense Minister in John Diefenbaker's defeated Conservative government, was rambling through what seemed to be an expectable Opposition speech in Parliament. Then, with Diefenbaker sitting near by and without changing his tone, he threw a bomb that reverberated across the country. He read a letter supposedly written last January to Liberal Leader Lester Pearson by U.S. Ambassador W. Walton Butterworth Jr., blatantly siding with Pearson's Liberals in the political campaign.

The letter extravagantly praised Pearson's speech in favor of accepting nuclear arms for Canada's defense forces, promised him that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


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

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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