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Prime Minister Mackenzie King and President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the opening of the Thousand Islands Bridge, August 18, 1938. Copyright/Source
Telegram of condolence from Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to Mrs. John F. Kennedy, November 29, 1963. Copyright/Source
Although the United States is Canada's closest ally and largest trading partner, our neighbour's size and power have at times made us uneasy. Like the two countries, prime ministers and American presidents have had varying relationships. One of the closest was that between Mackenzie King and Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1935 to 1945. Lester Pearson and John F. Kennedy also proved to be good friends. Less congenial was the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Pierre Trudeau, who likened living with the United States to "sleeping with an elephant."
Caricature of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and President Ronald Reagan, 1983. Copyright/Source