NATO in the Balance
Publication:
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 27 Mar 1969, p. 246-255


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NATO in the Balance


An address in the "spirit of friendly and respectful antagonism." The speaker's trip to Europe and of what it reminded him: "that we live in a nightmarish world whose survival, we are told, depends on our capacity to destroy it." Turning away from the military alliance. What we are told and what is believed. Canada's forces in Europe as part of a nuclear arsenal. Support of the C.C.F. and the New Democratic Party for Canada's membership in NATO. The speaker's serious doubts as to whether hopes are ever likely to be fulfilled in terms of achieving a détente in Europe, a balanced reduction of forces on both sides, and an eventual settlement of the European problem. The speaker's observations of NATO. A look at Canada's military contribution in Europe. The speaker's feeling that Canadians should not be there, and reasons for that belief. How Canada might better use its resources.