CANADA: Nixon's Mission of Reassurance

SETTLING into the free-form suede couch in Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's newly decorated Ottawa office, Richard Nixon observed how relaxed the two leaders were in their talks. "With ongoing negotiations, it is easy for us to get together," he said. "We are up on our differences and we don't face the uncertainties of new positions."

Uncertainties, no. The differences between Canada and the U.S. are well understood by the two governments, and refuse to go away. Thus, Nixon spent the better part of two days in Ottawa last week trying to patch...

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