Lester Bowles Pearson: Canadian Prime Minister

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Lester Bowles Pearson During his term, Lester Bowles Pearson was a very effective Prime Minister. Pearson was born in Newtonbrook, Ontario and graduated from Hamilton Collegiate Institute. Before becoming Prime Minister of Canada, he served in the war as a Paramedic from the UOT Hospital Unit. Throughout his time as a Prime Minister, Lester Pearson solved many international disputes and formed Canada into a better country. Overall, Pearson did very successful business in politics, international affairs and improved the lives of Canadians. As stated above, Lester Pearson had successful business in politics as Canada’s Prime Minister. Through his negotiating in the Suez Canal Crisis, Pearson was able to solve this dispute and was rewarded…show more content…
Pearson also did an excellent job in international affairs. In the 1960’s, Pearson proposed to the United Nations a peace keeping force. This force could be used in war to maintain peace and ceasefire. During the wars in the Middle East, Pearson sent the first designated peacekeeping mission to countries at war in the Middle East. (Baldwin 39) Through this act, Pearson displayed to the world, his readiness to give soldiers or support peace mission, which gave Canada a good reputation. Also, before Pearson’s term, the foreign policy was basically non-existent. However, Pearson was determined to help other nations. As explained above, he contributed to the war in the Middle East and in addition sent 5,500 troops to Korea to join the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. (Bothwell) Pearson’s contribution to helping other nations made the countries a better place and saved the lives of many people. Many Prime Ministers would focus on their own country’s needs, however Pearson did not, and this is another aspect that contributed to his success. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO was another act that showed Pearson’s effective business in international affairs. “The treaty was signed on 4 April 1949. It included 12 nations: Canada, United States, Iceland, Britain, France, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal and Italy. At the core of the treaty was the collective security provision of Article 5, that ‘. . . an armed attack…show more content…
Pearson completed and formed many programs and acts that helped Canada and beyond. As shown through his excellent job in politics, international affairs and improvement of Canadian lives, Pearson was able to become a successful Prime Minister. Over time, Canada has selected many strong Prime Ministers. However, as shown throughout this essay, Lester B. Pearson was possibly the

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