Canada: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Hands Across the Sea

For months, Canada's top brass had been getting off a lot of fine talk about a North Atlantic union for defense against Russia. Few Canadians paid much attention, or got much out of the vague and glittering generalities if they did. But last week, when news dispatches from Paris reported that Western Union countries (Britain, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg) were ready to join Canada and the U.S. in a North Atlantic Security Pact, Canadians sat up with a start, asked to be told what was going on.

The government was ready to talk. Defense Minister Brooke Claxton...

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