World: Contender from Quebec

About the hottest contender for Pearson's job is the man who drew up much of last week's agenda for reform and argued persuasively for its adoption. Though he has not yet said whether he wants the post, Justice Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 46, has become something of a Roman candle in the usually staid, grey world of Canadian politics—and thus a candidate without having to declare himself one.

Bachelor Trudeau drives a fast sports car, skis, skindives, holds a judo brown belt and dresses in a highly individualistic style; he was once reprimanded by...