Message from Harold MacMillan to John Diefenbaker

Stamped: “Seen by John G. Diefenbaker”

Office of the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom
Earnscliffe,
Ottawa

31st October, 1962

Confidential

My dear [name illegible]

As the High Commissioner is at present away from Ottawa I have been asked to forward the enclosed message, dated 30th October but received here this morning, from the Rt. Hon. Harold Macmillan to the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker about the situation in Cuba. I would be grateful if you could arrange for this to be given to your Prime Minister.

Yours ever,

Bill Greenhill

(B.J. Greenhill)

O.W. Dier, Esq.,

Prime Minister’s Office,

Ottawa

Confidential

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Message from the Rt. Hon. Harold MacMillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to the Right Hon. John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada

30th October, 1962

Thank you so much for your message of yesterday’s date about Cuba. I am glad to know that we are of one mind on this issue.

I know you share our relief that American firmness has induced Khrushchev to undertake under United Nations verification the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba.

If we can surmount the immediate problem I hope we can look forward to progress on wider issues such as disarmament. But any forward step would clearly have to be based on verification under United Nations auspices. The proof of Russian duplicity furnished by events in Cuba makes it to my mind inevitable that verification and inspection by teams in whom the free world can have confidence will be essential before we can accept any further Sino-Soviet undertakings.

It is still far from clear what the Russian motives may have been in taking this dangerous and provocative step in Cuba and we cannot tell what they may have in mind for the future, but at least I hope they have learnt that the free world will respond with firmness to threats that disturb the peace.

We shall, of course, continue to keep in touch with you and should welcome any thoughts you may have as developments unfold.

Earnscliffe,

Ottawa.

31st October, 1962

Confidential


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John Diefenbaker and John F. Kennedy seated and chatting in the Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.
John Diefenbaker with John F. Kennedy
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John G. Diefenbaker and Olive Diefenbaker with the Kennedys
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | United States – Head of State | Parliament Hill

Description: John and Olive Diefenbaker with John F. and Jackie Kennedy on Parliament Hill Date Created: [1961]

Date Created: [1961]

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD6587XC

John Diefenbaker and John Kennedy
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | United States – Head of State

Description: John Diefenbaker and John Kennedy walking outside the White House, Washington, 1961

Date Created: 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD2210XB

Formal photo of John G. Diefenbaker
Creator: Ashley and Crippen

Subject: Canada – Head of Government

Description: John G. Diefenbaker in formal pose sitting on chair, hands on back of chair Date Created: [ca. 1958]

Date Created: [v./ca. 1958]

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1966XC

John Diefenbaker talking with John Kennedy
Creator: Dominion-Wide Photographs

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | United States – Head of State

Description: As crowd looks on, John Diefenbaker and John Kennedy walk down street in Ottawa, 16 May 1961

Date Created: 16 May 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1400

John Diefenbaker with John Kennedy
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Head of State | United States – Head of State

Description: John and Olive Diefenbaker with John and Jackie Kennedy and George and Pauline Vanier

Date Created: 16 May 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1388

John Diefenbaker with John Kennedy
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | United States – Head of State | 24 Sussex Drive

Description: John Diefenbaker and John F. Kennedy seated and chatting in the Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.

Date Created: 20 February 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1378

John Diefenbaker with John Kennedy
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | United States – Head of State | 24 Sussex Drive

Description: John Diefenbaker and John F. Kennedy seated and chatting in the Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.

Date Created: 20 February 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1378


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Telephone conversation between John Diefenbaker and President John F. Kennedy, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Creator:Unknown

Subject:Canada – Head of Government | United States – Head of State | Communication Systems – Canada and the United States | Yukon Territory

Description:John Diefenbaker, from the ceremony opening the Whitehorse Microwave System, shares a telephone conversation with United States President John F. Kennedy, who is in the Eastern United States; both men praise the partnership between their two countries which made the Microwave System possible

Date Created:22July1961

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T58-JGD57

Speech by John Diefenbaker to open 1957 federal election campaign at Massey Hall, Toronto

Creator:Unknown

Subject:Canada – Parliamentarians | Canada – Personalities | Canada – Election Campaigning | Canada – Opposition to International Communism | Canada – Relationship with the United States

Description:John Diefenbaker explains the Progressive Conservative Party’s policies in regards to freedom from communism and the leadership the United States provides, internationally, in ensuring the survival of freedom

Date Created:25April1957

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T134-PAC6a


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