Social 11: Cold War Timeline


Soviet Spy


Soviet spy __ Igor Gouzenko _ defects to Canada and exposes a Russian spy ring in Canada.

The Creation of the United Nations

June 1945

The United Nations is created in San Francisco. Canada is one of the original members to sign the Charter. The original goal of the UN was to keep the collective security of the world.



NATO – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – is created as a military defense alliance because of fears created by the Cold War with Russia and its allies. In response The Eastern Bloc countries sign Warsaw Pact in 1955.

Korea war

1950 - 1953

Korea: Canada sends 27, 000 troops to the Korean War in a United Nations-supported military action. This was peace making_.

Lester Pearson


Lester Pearson becomes Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Suez, Egypt


First U.N. peacekeeping troops, negotiated by Lester Pearson, prevents war.

Nobel Pease Prize


Lester Pearson wins the _Nobel Pease Prize _.

Avro Arrow project


Diefenbaker’s Conservatives cancel the Avro Arrow project. What was the Arrow? it is a state-of-the-art supersonic jet aircraft

Cuban Missile Crisis


The U.S. and Soviet Union come close to nuclear war. How did Prime Minister Diefenbaker respond?
Diefenbaker was reluctant to have Canada drawn into the major conflict.

Canada participates in a U.N. peacekeeping mission to Cyprus.


_ Cyprus is located in the Eastern Mediterranean, south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece._

Vietnam War

1965 - 1973

Prime Minister Pearson criticized Operation Rolling Thunder which the U.S bombing campaign of North Vietnam at a university in Philadelphia.

Recognize Communist China


Trudeau’s government officially recognizes Communist China (rather than Taiwan).

visit for Communist China


Pierre Trudeau visits Communist China on a peace mission.

visit for Communist Cuba


Pierre Trudeau visits Communist Cuba

end of the Cold War


Berlin Wall comes down, symbolizing the end of the Cold War.

dissolution of the Soviet Union


Soviet Union dissolves into 15 countries.

support the U.S. in the Gulf War against Iraq


Canada sends troops to support the U.S. in the Gulf War against Iraq. This action was Peace making_.

Bosnia and Croatia

1992 - 1995

In 1991, ethnic wars broke out in the former Yugoslavia. By 1992, the war spread to the Republic of Bosnia- Herzegovina, which formed part of Yugoslavia. Bosnia- Herzegovina was inhabited by Croats, Serbs and Muslims.



a teen was tortured to death, some low-ranking officers committed but it was found out that there have been a high-level attempt to cover up the incident __

Civil war and chaos in Haiti

1993 - 1997

Canada sends soldiers and later police.


1994 - 1995

Rwanda was torn apart by ethnic rivalries. A small number of peacekeepers were sent to stop control the slaughter. The commander found out that they need more peacekeepers so he ask U.N for support but the U.N was unenthusiastic. As a result, the world was horrified to learn of a massive wave of killing in Rwanda, including many women, old people and babies.