Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (Perkins) to the Secretary of State
Subject: Discussion with Canadian Minister for External Affairs Pearson on June 13.
Mr. Pearson is leaving for England at the end of the week. He is to receive an honorary degree at Oxford and also plans to see a number of British and Western European officials while he is on his trip in addition to taking a holiday. In view of the fact that he will be talking to a number of Western Europeans, we think it is likely that he intends to talk with you at dinner Wednesday1 largely on European [Page 891] questions in order to get the benefit of your current thinking on these problems.2
Tab A3 contains a reference to the Far East and the U.N. which we recommend that you raise with Mr. Pearson inasmuch as potential differences in this area constitute, in our opinion, the only important source of disagreement with Canada on foreign affairs.
Under Tab B4 is included a list of some of the questions which Mr. Pearson may well raise concerning our European policy. Since there are few points of actual difference between the two countries with respect to European policy, this list merely contains questions in which the Canadians have shown considerable interest. The annex does not attempt to brief you on these questions as they comprise our major European problems with which you are familiar, and as the talk on both sides will almost certainly be in the nature of an exchange of background views.
Tab C5 contains for your background information certain observations with respect to the present status of U.S.-Canadian relations in general.
- June 13.↩
- No record of this conversation has been found in the Department of State files. On June 14, Acheson and Pearson, along with other Canadian representatives and members of the State Department, discussed various aspects of international affairs. For the record of this conversation, see vol. i, p. 845.↩
- “Far East,” not printed.↩
- “Europe,” not printed.↩
- See Annex, below.↩
- For documentation on this subject, see pp. 903 ff.↩