15 March 1954: Pearson Speech on “Canada in the World Today”

After two months of Canadian efforts to understand the implications of Eisenhower’s New Look, Pearson makes a major speech in Washington. He explicitly references Canada’s dependence on US foreign policy by comparing the United States to a wife that Canada cannot live without. Pearson discusses logistical and political considerations regarding continental defence and directly addresses a major Canadian concern with the New Look by arguing for “no annihilation without consultation.”

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Lester B. Pearson speech, "Canada in the World Today," 15 Mar. 1954, LAC, RG 25, vol. 4903, file no. 50115-P-40, part 2.