The End Of The Second World War

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At the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945 Canada was a competing nation in the global community with the 3rd largest navy and the 4th largest airforce. However, following the end of the war Canada’s military expenditure fell drastically only to briefly rise in the early 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War. From there on the military spending compared to GDP went into a consistent decline for the rest of the Canadian history which is shown in the graph to the right. The reduction of military spending allowed Canada to once again become a humble, and possibly insignificant country in the global sphere. Therefore, it has become a frequent view to believe that Canada simply went from being under the influence of Britain to the influence and control of the United States, specifically after the end of the Second World War with the defensive treaties signed between the Canada and the United States. However, I believe quite the opposite is true which can be reflected in presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy and their subsequent relationship with John Diefenbaker as well as passed Canadian policy during this period. When Diefenbaker first came into office Dwight Eisenhower was in one year in to his second term of the presidency. His administration was hesitant to accept a new Canadian Prime Minister and cabinet who were anti American in their electoral campaign rhetoric. However, quite the opposite was true when the new Prime Minister took office.
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