Canada: Diet on the Ropes

Flinty old John Diefenbaker, 71, likes to parry any suggestion that he should step down as leader of Canada's Progressive Conservative Party with a Churchillian thrust: "I'm not going till the pub closes." Last week, as the party gathered in Ottawa's Chateau Laurier for its regular convention, Tory dissidents were trying their best to close the pub.

The oust-Diefenbaker movement centered around Dalton Camp, 46, the party's national chairman. An articulate Toronto advertising man, Camp blames the party's two straight losses in national elections on Diefenbaker's failure to appeal to the urban areas, to the Catholic French of Quebec, and to...

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