Lester B Pearson

1167 WordsJul 8, 20135 Pages
The Legendary Canadian Many great people and many great things shape history to what it is today. An example would be Adolf Hitler. Hitler was a great man but that does not mean what he did was essentially a great thing. Hitler helped in shaping the world’s history by causing World War 2. He was trying to shape the future as well because he wanted Germans to be the superior race. However there are good people who did good things to shape history. One specific person that comes to mind is Lester Bowles Pearson. He did not shape the world’s history but he did shape Canada’s history; he made Canada to what it is today, he introduced Universal Medicare to all Canadians, and he created the United Nations peacekeeping force. To begin, Lester…show more content…
In todays world Canadians help each other fund money to help those in need; Canadians help so much that most medical services are funded public sources. Many of us would not even bother to help those in need, but Lester B. Pearson changed that part of us. He made health care such a big issue that it can not hide anywhere in this world. Lester B. Pearson, the man that gave Canada Universal Medicare also created the United Nations Peacekeeping Force. To add on, Lester B. Pearson accomplished a very great task, he created the first UN peacekeeping force. This may not sound like a huge thing, but there is a very good reason to why Pearson created this force. That reason is the Suez Crisis. On July 26, 1956 the Egyptian President, Abdul Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal without giving any compensation to the real owners of the canal – France and Britain. Nasser could now block the canal and this could “cripple the British economy” (suezcrisis.ca). France and Britain both could not let that happen so they secretly decided to have an agreement with Israel. Israel was then asked to launch an attack on Egypt, they agreed as the arms building up in Egypt threatened Israel. Once Israel attacked France and Britain used it as a distraction and bombed Egyptian positions. From there, all hell began to get lose. The whole Western alliance started to rip apart. Before things started to get worse, ours truly, Lester Bowles Pearson came into act. He started
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