M997.63.411 | Pearkes: Our "blue-print" has a fine future...
Pearkes: Our "blue-print" has a fine future...
1961, 20th century
Ink, crayon and opaque white
26.6 x 31.5 cm
Gift of Mme Arlette Hudon
© 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.
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.
In 1960 only four countries had the nuclear bomb: the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and France.
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.
Progressive Conservative George Pearkes served as Canada's minister of national defence from 1957 to 1960.