M997.63.411 | Pearkes: Our "blue-print" has a fine future...

 
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Drawing, cartoon
Pearkes: Our "blue-print" has a fine future...
Normand Hudon
1961, 20th century
Ink, crayon and opaque white
26.6 x 31.5 cm
Gift of Mme Arlette Hudon
M997.63.411
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Canada's pretensions to joining the nuclear club are mocked in this cartoon suggesting the potential impact of a Canadian bomb doesn't quite come up to the standard of bombs developed by other countries in the early 1960s.

  • What

    A handful of countries conducted test explosions of nuclear devices in the 1940s and 1950s. The question of whether or not to develop this technology was a major political issue in Canada, especially between 1957 and 1963, when the Progressive Conservatives under John Diefenbaker were in power.

  • Where

    In 1960 only four countries had the nuclear bomb: the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and France.

  • When

    The issue of nuclear weapons and of collaboration between the Canadian and U.S. governments in this area was widely discussed in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

  • Who

    Progressive Conservative George Pearkes served as Canada's minister of national defence from 1957 to 1960.