On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9780773583351_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $95.00
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover
category: History
published: Apr 2009
ISBN:9780773583351
imprint: MQUP

Essence of Indecision

Diefenbaker's Nuclear Policy, 1957-1963

by Patricia I. McMahon

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $95.00
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover
category: History
published: Apr 2009
ISBN:9780773583351
imprint: MQUP
Description

Tracing Diefenbaker's deliberations over nuclear policy, McMahon shows that Diefenbaker was politically cautious, not indecisive - he wanted to acquire nuclear weapons and understood from public opinion polls that most Canadians supported this position. However, Diefenbaker worried that the growing anti-nuclear movement might sway public opinion sufficiently to undermine his political support. He also feared that Liberal leader Lester Pearson could use the issue for political advantage. As long as Pearson opposed Canada's membership in the nuclear club, he could portray Diefenbaker's government as an irresponsible proponent of nuclear proliferation. Despite these reservations, Diefenbaker was involved in nuclear negotiations with the Americans throughout his tenure as prime minister, and an agreement was within reach on a number of occasions. When, in January 1963, Pearson reversed his position, Diefenbaker felt trapped - in making a clear public statement in favour of nuclear weapons it would appear as though he was merely following his opponent's lead. When Canada acquired nuclear weapons in 1963, it was under the leadership of Pearson, not Diefenbaker.

Buy this book at:

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Related Blog Posts

Other Titles by Patricia I. McMahon

The Persons Case

The Persons Case

The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Paperback eBook
tagged : legal history
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...