(left to right: Canadian Secretary of State Pearson, President Eisenhower, Prime Minister St. Laurent, U.S. Secretary of State Dulles, March 1956, Source: DCER)
Canada-U.S. relations during the 1950s were shaped by a number of aspects. Next to Canada's and the United States' difference in numbers, cultural forces, perceptions, as well as McCarthyism, the Korean War, and the Suez crisis influenced Ottawa's and Canadians' views of their southern neighbor. To put these irritations in perspective, it is necessary to note that Canadian-U.S. relations overall enjoyed good standing, especially in comparision to other international partnerships. In the context of the Canada-U.S. relationship, therefore, the above mentioned issues caused negative sentiments but need to be appreciated against the backdrop of this otherwise close partnership.