From a speech by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at a dinner in honor of Vice President Bush last week in Ottawa:
I remember the extraordinary fertile period in the 10 years after the Cuban missile crisis, when we had--I don't know how many treaties--perhaps almost a dozen. There was the treaty on the Hot Line and there was the treaty on the nuclear test ban and there was the Antiballistic Missile Treaty . . . . And there were the confidence-building measures, and then there was eventually the SALT I.
These were agreements that the Soviet Union and the United States reached together. And I, for one, believe that the Soviet Union wants peace just as badly as we do, sir. It is a nation that has been attacked twice from the West in the last generation and a half; it has lost 30 million people in these terrible wars, and I believe that its people are every bit against war as ours. And I think that is why Canadians, Americans and Europeans are confident we can find a solution to nuclear escalation. The paradox is that they are armed and we are armed, and the more they arm the more we will arm, and vice versa. That is why we need to break this vicious cycle, and I am certain--or else we would not be in the NATO alliance--that that is what we are seeking collectively.
But our people want more evidence of flexibility on both sides, and certainly I hope we can emulate the period after 1962. I am confident that it will be possible and that under the pressure of our people and the will of our political leaders we will not cease until we have found a solution to that very difficult problem.