CANADA: Vancouver's Mayors

On Canada's west coast is the Dominion's biggest year round seaport and third biggest city with a corporate history going back only half a century. To celebrate Vancouver's 50th anniversary this year is the job of its big, shrewd, bumptious Mayor Gerald Gratton ("Gerry") McGeer. An Irish Protestant lawyer and one-time iron molder, Mayor McGeer's pet plan for Vancouver is to push it into bankruptcy to reduce interest charges. Says he: "People think they can climb into Heaven with a Bible in one hand and a foreclosure in the other. .. . The...

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