CANADA: Time for a Change?

Is Canada's Liberal Party slipping? Two recent by-election defeats (TIME, Nov. 7) showed up Liberal weak spots in New Brunswick and Ontario. Last week there was evidence that the weakness may be spreading elsewhere in the party that has governed Canada continuously since 1935. For the third time in five months, the Gallup poll indicated a decline in the Liberals' share of the popular vote. The Liberal proportion now stands at 46%, lowest since the 1953 general election. Said the Gallup poll report: "The shift is consistent enough to constitute a trend."

The trend away from the Liberals is clearly...

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