Canada: Decision on NATO

Canadians and Americans have traditionally taken each other for granted. If frictions have developed, they have rarely seemed significant. In no area has North American unity seemed more certain than in matters concerning mutual security. Thus last week, on the eve of NATO's 20th anniversary, it came as a shock to most Americans when Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced that Ottawa will "take early steps to bring about a planned and. phased reduction" of the number of Canadian troops on duty in Europe. Though Trudeau did not say so, the...

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