Canada at War: ONTARIO: Push & Prelude

The eyes of Canada were on Ontario's clamorous Legislature. The government seemed headed for defeat. If that happened, there would be a provincial election—of national importance.

Finally, every legislator had said his say on a CCF motion criticizing the Tory administration. Then up rose big, slick Premier George Alexander Drew. Said he: he would accept an adverse vote on the motion as evidence of lack of confidence. It took just two minutes for him to get his answer: no confidence—51-to-36.

Despite appearances, George Drew's government did not really fall; it was pushed. In power 19 months, its 37 members had managed...

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