CANADA: Promise & Fulfillment

In Governor General Vincent Massey's book-lined study, a sternly handsome man with pale blue eyes took a solemn oath: "I swear to serve Her Majesty truly and faithfully in the place of her council in this Her Majesty's Dominion of Canada." Then John George Diefenbaker, 61, bent to kiss a Bible, intoned, "So help me, God." Thus, in a quiet ceremony, Canada's 13th Prime Minister since Confederation (1867) took office last week.

The accession of the new Conservative Prime Minister, who led his party to the most stunning electoral upset in Canada's history, ended 22 years of Liberal rule (TIME, June...

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