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How did the JFK Assassination affect Canada?
I'm doing a presentation in for school tommorow and I need some ways in which the assassination of John F. Kennedy affected Canada in any way. Any answers would be appreciated.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Personally, many Canadians like others in the democratic world were attracted to the youth and charisma and John F. Kennedy. On Kennedy's first official trip to Canada in May 1961, an unprecedented crowd of 50,000 turned out to see him.   However, the issue of Kennedy's Catholicism, was an important one to a significant number of Canadians. English Canada in 1960 was still dominated by a staunchly Protestant elite, most obvious in the power the Orange Orders held in society. A considerable number of English-Canadians who shared the views of the Orange Order thus had a hatred of anything Roman Catholic, even foreign leaders like Kennedy himself. This had also manifested itself against Roman Catholic Prime Minister's of Canada as well, such as Alexander Mackenzie, John Thompson, and Sir Wilfred Laurier.
There were few issues directly relating to Canadian-American relations in the 1960 election. One of the proposals that most concerned Canadians was Kennedy's plan to greatly increase agricultural subsidies. Canada could not hope to match these subsidies and they would serve to put Canadian farmers at a competitive imbalance in world markets. Canadian farmers were worried about a Kennedy victory.
Canada was only mentioned once in passing duing the presidential debates. Kennedy listed the country, along with Western Europe and Japan, as nations that needed to join the embargo against Cuba in order for it to be effective.
Some Canadian concerns about a Kennedy victory did come about. American agricultural subsidies, that have been increased even further since then, are a continued irritant. The Diefenbaker government's concerns did come to pass and relations between them and the Kennedy’s administration were abysmal. U.S. historians tend to blame this on Diefenbaker, however. In 1962 he infuriated Kennedy when he refused to put Canadian forces on alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis, however Diefenbaker was equally infuriated himself by Kennedy's decision not to consult with him ahead of time during the crisis. Diefenbaker worried Kennedy was grandstanding and could involve the world in a nuclear war. He was the only major U.S. ally to express these views, however. Later that year, he refused to accept nuclear warheads for the missiles based in Canada, rendering them all but useless. The Kennedy administration could barely contain its delight in Diefenbaker's replacement by Lester B. Pearson in 1963. Controversies also arose from Diefenbaker's decision not to join in the U.S. led embargo against Cuba after the expropriation of U.S. owned businesses making up over 70% of the Cuban economy.
Despite these problems, Canadians today widely venerate Kennedy as an American statesman, possibly even close to the respect held for Sir Winston Churchill. The anti-Catholic prejudices have largely disappeared, and in the years since 1960 Canada has also pursued a path more to the left of the United States, meaning the views of Canadian Prime Ministers are more in line with the views of the Democrats than the Republicans. Later events, such as Kennedy's assassination in 1963, have enhanced his image, while Watergate and the escalation of the Vietnam War (a war which started with military assistance for the military regime in South Vietnam initiated by Kennedy) contribute to Nixon's continued unpopularity in the United States and poor image north of the border as in other countries. A street in Montreal is named Avenue-du-President-Kennedy, and a bust of Kennedy stands on a traffic island there.
Many Canadians and foreign observers compared the youthful, charismatic, and charming Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau to John F. Kennedy for his wide appeal to youth, radical change from the status quo of politicians and even his popularity amongst young women.
- CanProfLv 71 decade ago
The most important impact was the change in relations between the leaders of the two countries. JFK and the Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson got along very, very well. They shared some general attitudes and also a passion for baseball. Kennedy's successor, Lyndon Johnson, got along very poorly with Pearson, at one point physically assaulting him in a meeting after Pearson had offered criticism of America's bombing of North Vietnam.
- ?Lv 45 years ago
-particularly the choice, -it replaced into any different way around... formerly the Assassination- each thing on television replaced into in Black & White. not long AFTER the Assassination- each thing went to colour. perhaps it replaced into all the Blood spilled. Or the after-impacts of the "twister" the Assassination became out to Be... regardless of it replaced into, television replaced into under no circumstances the comparable, back...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
About as much as Princess Diana's death affected America. ***YAWN***