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RT. HON. LESTER B. PEARSON

ABSTENTION SPEECH – (fragment)

November 2, 1956. At the UN, Lester Pearson abstains on the American resolution calling for a ceasefire. Arguing this does not go far enough, he instead suggests a UN “peace and police force”.

ABSTENTION SPEECH – (complete audio)




UNEF SPEECH

Lester Pearson formally introduces his proposal for the first UN peacekeeping force. November 4, 1956.


 


LESTER PEARSON DEFENDS HIS SUEZ POLICY
In the lead up to the 1957 election, Pearson had to counter charges that he had betrayed the Mother Country in her hour of need by not supporting London’s desire to use force in Egypt. The Liberals would lose that June 1957 election.