Canada: Exercise in Survival

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's minority Conservative Government survived all threats to its existence last week. In the traditional Throne Speech debate, which allows the Opposition to tee off on every subject under the sun. the three opposition parties, who together have a majority of the Commons' 265 seats, denounced the Diefenbaker government's management of everything from A (for austerity) to U (for unemployment). But in two crucial votes of confidence, the right-wing Social Credit Party, like the Tories, in no mood for an early election, sided with the government to keep it in power.

Hungry for an election that he...

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