CANADA: In Delicate Balance

Controlled for the first time in 22 years by the Conservatives, Canada's Parliament gathered last week in delicate political balance. For Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, heading a ruling minority of no Tories* in a 265-seat House of Commons, the order of business was to pass an ambitious legislative program. Liberal Leader Louis St. Laurent, 75, Prime Minister from 1948 until his party's defeat last June, faced an equally challenging problem in maneuver: to harry and wound the Tories politically, but not so grievously as to force an election that Liberals fear would cost them some seats.


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