Lester B. Pearson, a former Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is considered the father of modern United Nations Peacekeeping, and his fellow Canadians have followed grandly in his footsteps. Since the end of the Second World War, Canadians have served in many peacekeeping operations; the first came in 1948, actually pre-dating the formal U.N. system, during the 2nd Kashmir conflict.
Since then, Canadian peacekeepers have served during the Suez Canal Crisis, in the Israel/Syria crisis, in Lebanon, the Congo, West New Guinea, Cyprus, Haiti, Rwanda, Bosnia, East Timor and many other places around the world.
Cumulatively, Canada has committed more troops to U.N. peacekeeping efforts than any other country.
Researched and written by John Milner.