Canada: Atmosphere of Urgency

Canada's ten provincial premiers met with Prime Minister Lester Pearson in Ottawa last week to attack a problem that has bothered Canada for more than a century. Pearson was seriously concerned about the country's 6,000,000 French Canadians, who in recent years have felt increasingly isolated and restless among Canada's English-speaking majority—so much so that many of them have begun to call for the outright secession of French-speaking Quebec. Aware, as Pearson put it, that any such divorce would produce "rupture, and loss and pain," the ministers took only three days to agree on what they must do. They decided...

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