The Cold war was the first time humanity came close to nuclear alienation.
Two completely different ideology fighting for control and influence in the international community. While everybody else was fighting proxy wars, Canada was possibly creating their present day nation identity as a peacekeeping nation, but it didn’t start off that way. One of Canada’s first involvement in the cold war was the Korean war. They sent troops and ships to Korea to help push back the North Koreans (Herd, 2007). That war would end in a stalemate and it would be like that until tensions goes up again. Then the Suez Crisis happened when Egypt took the Suez canal and nationalized it. It was at this moment that a Canadian Diplomat named Lester B Pearson helped cool down the tension and prevented a further escalation into the conflict (Tattrie, 2006).
He organized a large peacekeeping force and sent it there. He would later earn a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions in 1957. During his acceptance speech he said ” I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to participate in that work as a representative of my country, Canada, whose people have, I think, shown their devotion to peace.” (Tattrie, 2006) This shows that Lester B Pearson believes that Canada is a country that is devoted to peace. Ottawa also voice their objection to military invention fearing it would cause another war and will damage commonwealth relations (Tattrie, 2006). This isn’t the only time Canada voiced their objection to wars as throughout the Cold War, Canada critiqued the American’s actions in the Middle east, Latin America and asia in their fight against communism (Herd, 2006). This also shows the Canadian government devotion to peace.
Canada throughout the Cold war focused on Peacekeeping rather than fighting wars. In the 1960s, public opinion forced the Canadian government to send Peacekeeping troops to the Congo as it erupted in