Canada: Diefenbaker's Shambles

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's government and his Conservative Party lay in shambles. Triggered by a bluntly undiplomatic U.S. note accusing Canada of reneging on its nuclear defense commitments, a rebellious Parliament shot down Diefenbaker's minority government on a vote of no confidence. And then, as he faced an election on April 8. several of Diefenbaker's key Cabinet ministers and some of his staunchest supporters turned against him.

Unresigned. In a shattering political week, Diefenbaker struggled desperately to save himself. Yet at every turn, his own inability to make a firm decision, either about nuclear weapons or even politics, worked against...

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