Dr Luc – Andre Brunet

Dr Luc – Andre Brunet

Open University

2017 – 2018

Luc’s research focuses on the diplomatic relations between Canada and the Vichy regime in France during the Second World War. Canada maintained full diplomatic relations with Vichy France, despite remaining at war with Nazi Germany.  This policy was determined chiefly by domestic considerations.

In July 2017 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Canadian and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Ottawa and spent over a month working at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Where he was able to consult a wide range of archival holdings, from the papers of Mackenzie King and Louis St Laurent to the diplomatic cables exchanged between Canada’s Department for External Affairs and Canadian missions abroad.

Thanks to the Canada – UK Foundation Luc made a number of discoveries on issues pertaining to Vichy including a shift in Canadian foreign policy away from British influence and instead towards greater coordination with the United States – a development in Canadian foreign policy that would have important implications in the post-Second World War period.