The Hemisphere: Bitter Foretaste

The acid test facing Prime Minister St. Laurent was the general election expected some time this year. Last week Louis St. Laurent received notice that the struggle would be bitter and hard-fought. In a by-election in the Quebec riding of Nicolet-Yamaska, his Liberal Party candidate was beaten in a surprise turnover by a Progressive Conservative (Tory).

On its face, the Tory victory presented a striking parallel to another Quebec upset. In November 1910, when a Liberal government had been in power for 14 years, the Drummond-Arthabaska constituency heralded the end of an era by giving the Tories a surprise victory. Next...

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