Igor Gouzenko and the start of the Cold War in Canada

Igor Gouzenko and the start of the Cold War in Canada

There have been few times in the History of the World when Canada has been Centre Stage. There were a few during the Great War, but the last time was certainly D-Day … or was it?

Very few Canadians know of Igor Gouzenko and the World role he played as ‘The man who started the Cold War’. Few know that his courageous story was so special, that two countries tried to simply deny him, and a third recognized his value and started a legal manhunt, thoroughly questioning many citizens, often under duress. It was the ‘Great Red Scare’. Hollywood saw his story as something so important, they made a film of his story, filming on location in Ottawa with Hollywood’s greatest stars. Gouzenko was a hero, a man who risked all to assist in what became the Cold War. His act was the last time Canada mattered on the World Stage, and it all began on Somerset Street, in Ottawa, and sadly, very few Canadians even know who he is.

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