Statement by Diefenbaker

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER,
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER, P.C., Q.C., M.P.,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1962.

Mankind will breathe more hopefully now that there is an early prospect that the threat to the Western Hemisphere from long-range Soviet missiles in Cuba will be removed. This prospect has resulted from the high degree of unity, understanding and cooperation among the Western allies.

In this the Canadian Government has played its full part. Indeed Canada was the first nation to stop overflights of Soviet aircraft so as to prevent war material being carried to Cuba and as well to that end instituted a full search of all Cuban and Czech planes which are entitled under international agreement to use Canadian airport facilities. The introduction of missiles into the Western Hemisphere has brought the world too close to disaster for anyone to indulge -in either self congratulations or complacency at this time. I know there will be universal relief that in the last two days the outlook for the peaceful solution of the Cuban problem has greatly improved but there is a continuing need for negotiation on this and other potential sources of threats to world peace.

The United Nations deserves special mention for the worthy and constructive role it has played in this crisis. It has provided a forum in which the issues could-be discussed, and the good offices of the Acting Secretary-General brought into effective action. In the days ahead the United Nations will have further heavy responsibilities in verification of the carrying out of the undertakings which have been given by Chairman Khrushchev.

Now what of the future? Some days ago I expressed the hope that out of this critical situation good might ultimately come. I believe that in the negotiations which will follow the immediate settlement of the Cuban crisis there lie broad possibilities for progress in the settlement of other issues between East and West. If the present settlement is fully accepted this will be the first time that agreed measures of disarmament are to be carried out under international inspection.

This gives hope for the future in the general field of disarmament for up to the present the Soviet have demanded that international agreement for disarmament should be free from inspection – a course which would be dangerous in the utmost to the free world.


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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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