Canada: The Non-Victory

At the end of the long election night in Ottawa, a member of Liberal Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson's entourage glanced disgustedly at a TV screen flashing the results. "It just seems incredible," he sighed. "All this effort, and nothing has changed." After 29 months of minority government, Mike Pearson had called the election—Canada's fifth in eight years—determined to win at least enough additional seats for no less than a 134-seat working majority. The voters gave him 131—only two seats more than he won in the last election. "The results," muttered Pearson, "are quite disappointing."

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