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Defending North America
The Scrapping of the Avro Arrow
If the United States of America could not build such an amazing aircraft of technological ability, then Canada should not either.
The company developing the high quality aircraft, A.V Row Canada, was a disorganized company, stated by historian Michael Bliss
The Avro Arrow was far too expensive to produce, and not even the Canadian Air Force wanted to purchase it.
The development of a super high-tech aircraft would pose as a threat to the USSR because that would mean the western countries would have far better weapons. War could be avoided if each countries had equality in terms of weapons owned.
The Avro Arrow's design department was top secret and had very innovative and the brightest thinkers. The aircraft would have been revolutionary
The Royal Canadian Airforce needed a new plane to catch soviet bombers and that will fly much more efficiently than anything else ever created.
Once the Avro Arrow was developed, the aircraft could use only half of a runway before taking off at a steep angle. It could fly very high and very fast as compared to other aircrafts on the market.
The era of manned aircraft was not over, and so the newly developed high-tech aircraft was needed. Having a human's judgement whilst flying an aircraft is heavily favoured as compared to a robot.
Canada's Acceptance of Nuclear Weapons in 1963
Canada purchased a product from the United States which acted as our primary defence system, called the Bomarc Missiles. Bomarc Missiles were useless without nuclear warheads.
The United States wanted Canada to accept nuclear weapons. It was Canada's duty to accept nuclear weapons to fulfill it's role in NATO and NORAD, the Americans felt.
Canada should accept nuclear weapons because the U.S felt they should. The bond between Canada and the U.S had been damaged due to Diefenbaker's decisions.
Having nuclear weapons in Canada would help to defend the country if the USSR were ever to attack
It was hypocritical of Canada to accept nuclear weapons because they had urged the United Nations to word towards disarmament, said by the minister of external affairs
The majority of Canadians were very unhappy with Canada accepting nuclear weapons into our borders
Having nuclear weapons in Canadian borders would pose Canada as a threat to opposing countries
The use of nuclear weapons results in global annihilation. Canada should not own nuclear weapons and other countries should not own these weapons of mass destruction
Canada's Role in the Cuban Missile Crisis
Canada's prime minister was protecting Canadian independence and Canadian interests
Diefenbaker was good in the way that he could not be manipulated by other countries by not being gullible, he did not believe the U.S photographs
Diefenbaker was smart in that he did not directly get Canada involved in this situation, but instead suggested that the United Nations as a whole should send a fact-finding mission to Cuba
Canada showed itself as an independent nation by not quickly agreeing to the United State's demands and instead, making decisions for their own
Diefenbaker heavily damaged the bonds between Canada and the U.S by hesitating to help the U.S.
The U.S and the USSR are two superpowers, and given the geographical placement of Canada, they should build deep ties with their neighbour, the U.S
The U.S is one of the original founding members of NORAD, and Canada being a member also and a neighbour of the U.S, they should help the U.S immediately in the way that U.S wants
Canada portrayed itself as a weak nation by not accepting U.S planes with atomic weapons to land in Canada and assisting them in their demands immediately