Stalin - - Most severe of all communist leaders. Gorbachev - - Reformed much about the USSR, eventually leading to the country's collapse. These are the first and last Soviet leaders during the Cold War.
Mikhail Gorbachev was the soviet president during the cold war after Stalin died in 1953. As soon as he was given power he initiated a plan called Glasnost which eventually encouraged general openness with other nations. Gorbachev’s famous quote, “I detest lies,” sums up his goal for Glasnost. Glasnost eventually ended the Cold War, which was symbolized by the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. This affected Canadians because they did not have to worry about communism spreading anymore.
At the United Nations, Canadian Minister of External Affairs Lester B. Pearson proposed deployment of an international peacekeeping force to stabilize the Suez Crisis while Britain and France withdrew their forces. Pearson emerged from the Suez Crisis as hero, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in resolving the conflict. Canadians would have more confidence because they knew they had people like Lester B Pearson on their side.
Since the US & USSR were the only nations left standing both leaders wanted total control. America wanted to spread Democracy while Russia wanted to spread Communism. Which caused hostility among both nations.