Canada: All Those Rusty Wires

During an audience in London last week with Prime Minister Lester Pearson, Queen Elizabeth II signed a formal proclamation giving Canada its own national flag after 252 years under British colors. It should have been a moment of pride for Pearson. In 21 months of difficult minority rule, his accomplishments, besides the new maple-leaf flag, include armed forces integration, improved federal-provincial relations, the Columbia River Treaty with the U.S. —while the economy has continued strong and growing. But Mike Pearson is doing very little pointing with pride these days. A series of embarrassing scandals cloud and threaten his Liber...

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