Canada And Its Impact On The United Nations Essay

1141 Words Jun 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Canada has contributed so much towards the United Nations that it is one of the main reasons why it is so big and not another League of Nations. In June 1956 when the leader of Egypt took the Suez Canal Britain, France and eventually the U.S stepped in and Went to war with Egypt. When the crisis started Canadians eagerly seized the opportunity for the UN services and lead by Lester B. Pearson the first UN peacekeeping mission was done, awarding Pearson with a Nobel Prize. Canada was one of the founding members of the UN and For almost four decades between 1956 and 1992, Canada was often the single largest contributor of UN peacekeepers (www.journal.forces.gc.ca). Canada until very recently was one of the largest contributors towards peacekeeping, the war in Afghanistan pulled Canada from peacekeeping, Canada today is not even close to being a major contributor to any peacekeeping missions.

The whole act of armed peacekeeping was not even a thing until the Suez Crisis in 1956 when Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. The western allies declared war on Egypt when their leader captured the Suez Canal and nationalized it. Britain, France, Israel and eventually the U.S joined the war against Egypt. Lester. B Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada did not join the war and instead used the services of the United Nations to conduct the first armed peacekeeping operation. At first the Egyptians did not welcome the Canadian peacekeepers because of the flag on their uniforms, the…

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