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Canada pledges military aid to South Korea

The Story

The United Nations is only five years old when the communist North Korean army attacks South Korea on the morning of June 25, 1950. U.S. President Harry Truman responds by ordering American fighters and warships to defend the southern republic. On June 29, amid heckles of "stupid jingos!" from a Quebec member of Parliament, Canada's Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister Lester B. Pearson tells Parliament that "Canada will do as she has always done - her full duty" to help defend South Korea.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: June 29, 1950
Commentator: Blair Fraser
Duration: 3:29

Did You know?

• Technically, Canada was never at war with the communist forces of North Korea and, eventually, China. Eager to preserve the United Nations image as an organization committed to maintaining peace, the Canadian government insisted UN operations in Korea be labelled a "police action." A police action was considered a limited military intervention with the goal of resisting aggression and restoring peace, not military victory.


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