c.Social 11: Cold War Timeline


Soviet spy invade Canada

Approx. 1945

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

United Nations was created

Approx. June 1945

The United Nations is created in San Francisco. Canada is one of the original members to sign the Charter.

NATO created


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.

Canada sends troops

1950 - 1953

Canada sends 27, 000 troops to the Korean War in a United Nations-supported military action.

Pearson becomes ambassador


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

Suez, Egypt


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

Nobel Peace Prize


Lester Pearson wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Difenbaker's response


Diefenbaker’s Conservatives cancel the Avro Arrow project.

Cuban Missile Crisis


The U.S. and Soviet Union come close to nuclear war. Diefenbaker took a photo about the USSR missile base in Cuba.

Canada peacekeeping


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

Vietnam War

1965 - 1973

Pearson started to exit the support for US, make Canada become more independent.

Trudeau visit China


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

Trudeau visit China


Pierre Trudeau visits Communist China on a peace mission.

Trudeau visit Cuba


Pierre Trudeau visits Communist Cuba

Berlin Wall falls


Berlin Wall comes down, symbolizing the Unite of the East and West Germany.

USSR dissolves


Soviet Union dissolves into 15 countries.

Peacekeeping in Irap


Canada sends troops to support the U.S. in the Gulf War against Iraq.

Bosnia and Croatia

1992 - 1995

Describe the problems were the peacekeeping mission was failed


Approx. 1992

Canadian troops killed the kids in the Canadian base camps.

Civil war and chaos in Haiti

1993 - 1997

Canada sends soldiers and later police.


1994 - 1995

UN trying to send troops to peacekeeping, but failed and being killed a lot.