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Canada’s anti-Red, Cold War
propaganda in context
Pearson was groomed for power by
Mackenzie King, Louis St. Laurent, and their
Lester Pearson’s rise through the ranks of Canada’s political bureaucracy was facilitated by leaders of the Liberal Party. As a civil servant with steadfast loyalty to the powers that be, his elders saw him as a budding star to be nurtured and groomed.
Initially, Pearson’s most important mentor was Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister. Just before retiring in 1948, King anointed Pearson his external affairs minister. With this move, Pearson—a career diplomat who had served King’s government in the imperial capitals of London and Washington during WWII—was promoted to cabinet without ever having to run for office.
After retiring, King was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent, who retained Pearson as foreign minister throughout his government (1948-57). Then, in 1958, when St. Laurent retired, he chose Pearson to replace him as Liberal leader. As political scientist Stephen Clarkson said in The Big Red Machine (2005), this was "a clear laying on of hands," when "the long-acknowledged dauphin ... was duly crowned by the party establishment and endorsed by the partisan faithful." With the patronage of St. Laurent and the Liberal establishment, Pearson won the party’s leadership with about 80% of the convention’s votes.
St. Laurent too had been selected
by his political predecessor to rule the Liberal Party. By the time King retired
in late 1948 it was clear that St. Laurent was his choice for prime minister.
St. Laurent, who had been a corporate lawyer for some 35 years, was appointed to
King’s cabinet in 1941. Although he had never been elected to any level of
government, St. Laurent became King’s justice minister and his powerful Quebec
lieutenant. Then, in 1945, King made St. Laurent his external affairs minister.
This in effect made him King’s designate for prime minister. In 1949, after King
retired, his political prodigy, St. Laurent, with the backing of the
Liberal-Party machine, won about 75% of the seats in the federal election.
Pearson and St. Laurent shared a
Besides entering politics as unelected cabinet ministers, and having served their Liberal government mentors as external affairs ministers, St. Laurent and King shared another key political pedigree. As staunch anticommunists they embraced a fearmongering hatred bent on destroying the USSR, and crushing Red sympathizers at home and abroad. This rabid Cold-War mentality was mandatory for receiving support from the US superpower to which Canada is still subordinated. Hand in glove with this worldview was their blind-eye support for US-led wars, coups and invasions. Both St. Laurent and Pearson had also played enthusiastic roles in creating the NATO military alliance which has had first-strike nuclear-weapons policies since its inception 1949. With missionary zeal, these two religious men avidly promoted the idea of a "total-war" crusade against the USSR, despite its pivotal role in the Allies’ military defeat of Nazi Germany.
Building NATO to protect ‘peace’ for the
St. Laurent’s Cold War ravings were identical to those of his protegé, Lester Pearson. For example, at the International Trade Fair in Toronto on June 11, 1948, St. Laurent manufactured consent for what would become the NATO military pact. In his speech as external affairs minister, St. Laurent described the Cold War with a passionate, religious fervour:
constitutes a direct and immediate threat to every democratic country,
including Canada. It endangers our freedom and our peace.It puts in jeopardy
the values and virtues of the civilization of western Christendom of which we
are heirs and defenders...
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