CANADA: Duplessis Out

In 1651, Governor Duplessis-Bochard of Trois Rivieres, Canada, sortied too far from his stockade and lost his scalp to Iroquois. Last week one of the indiscreet Governor's most indiscreet descendants, another restless inhabitant of Trois Riviéres, Quebec's Conservative Premier Maurice Duplessis, lost his political scalp in an overwhelming rout.

Maurice Duplessis' Union Nationals swept to power in 1936, after 39 years of Liberal rule in Quebec, on the strength of some high-sounding oratory against trusts and political graft. But he found promises when out of office easier to make than laws when...

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