Canada and the Cold War: The Gouzenko Affair Lesson 4 The Official Response to the Gouzenko Affair Synopsis



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Body of Lesson (60 minutes)

  1. Divide students into pairs (student A and student B).




  1. Ask students to examine the following documents and make point form notes in their notebooks using ‘the guide’ (Handout 1.1) and/or the questions listed below.




  1. Ask student A to read, interpret and make notes on Order-in-Council P.C. 6444 (Oct. 6, 1945). Use the following questions as a guide:

  • What was the intent of P.C. 6444?

  • Show evidence from the documents of special powers.

  • To whom were these powers given?

  • How do you interpret the RCMP’s new role as a result of these special powers?



  1. Direct student B to read, interpret and make notes on Order-in-Council P.C. 411 (Feb. 5, 1946). Use the following questions as a guide:

  • What was the purpose of this document?

  • What was the mandate given to the Royal Commission?

  • Show evidence of special powers given to the Commission.

  • Who headed up the Commission? Why?



  1. Instruct both students A and B to read, interpret, and make notes from Prime Minister King’s statement of February 15, 1946. Use the following questions as a guide:

  • What was the purpose of the announcement?

  • What justification did Prime Minister King give for his actions?

  • What do you think of the statement and the timing of the announcement?



  1. After completing interpretations of the documents, request students to share and discuss the results of their work with their partner.






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