Canada: POLITICS: Same Road?

Beside Mackenzie King in the high-ceilinged old office in the East Block sat Lester Bowles Pearson, Canada's ace diplomat. For once he seemed ill at ease, like a modest football hero. Mackenzie King was ready to tell the press the week's top secret: from Louis St. Laurent, Prime Minister-to-be, "Mike" Pearson was taking over the job of Secretary of State for External Affairs.

After 20 years as a civil servant, two years as Under Secretary for External Affairs, Pearson was getting into politics. He took up his new cabinet post with a sense of mission. In his view, the chief...

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