2 February 1954: Memorandum for the Prime Minister

R.A. MacKay writes this memorandum for the Prime Minister in order to pass along incoming analysis from the Canadian Embassy in Washington and the Canadian Delegation to NATO. While acknowledging that US strategy is subject to change, the Embassy concluded that the New Look had not brought any “important change in United States defence policy itself or in United States agreed commitments.” The Delegation in Paris, meanwhile, highlighted concerns of NATO members (US troop withdrawal from Europe and a lack of consultation regarding atomic retaliation) while calling for increased American communication with its allies.

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Memorandum for the Prime Minister, 2 Feb. 1954, LAC, RG 25, vol. 4903, file no. 50115-P-40, part 2.