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Lester Bowles Pearson

Data de nascimento: 23. Abril 1897
Data de falecimento: 27. Dezembro 1972

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Lester Bowles Pearson OM CC OBE PC PC foi um historiador, diplomata e político canadense que serviu como Primeiro-ministro do Canadá de 1963 até 1968. Ele venceu o Nobel da Paz em 1957 por organizar Força de Emergência das Nações Unidas a fim de resolver a Crise de Suez.

Por suas inovações enquanto primeiro-ministro, e por seu trabalho nas Nações Unidas e na diplomacia internacional, é considerado um dos mais influentes canadenses do século XX.

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„Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.“

—  Lester B. Pearson
As quoted in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tribute (1972), and in Chambers Dictionary of Political Biography‎ (1991) by John Ransley, p. 345

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„When I came back to Ottawa I found myself faced with a very difficult parliamentary situation... I think it is fair to say that Mr St Laurent, on the basis of private discussions with the Opposition leaders, did not expect any serious division in the House of Commons over our policies on Suez. However, bitter division there was, and we were condemned strongly for deserting our two mother countries. The Conservative attack was led by Howard Green (who in June 1959 was to become Secretary of State for External Affairs). Green accused us of being the "chore boy" of the United States, of being a better friend to Nasser than to Britain and France, and claimed that our government "by its actions in the Suez crisis, has made this month of November 1956, the most disgraceful period for Canada in the history of this nation," and that it was "high time Canada had a government which will not knife Canada's best friends in the back." Any feeling of exaltation and conceit or euphoria at our success in avoiding a general war in the Middle East (if in fact we had avoided it by our actions) was dissipated for me by the vigour of the assaults on my conduct, my wisdom, my rectitude, my integrity, and my everything else by an embattled Conservative Opposition. It was a very vigorous debate reflected in the general election of the next year. But I have always believed, and I think the great weight of Canadian opinion strongly approved what we had done. Further, I am absolutely certain and will remain certain in my own mind that the New Commonwealth would have soon shattered over the issue had the British not backed down.“

—  Lester B. Pearson

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