CANADA: Native Son

The one man Canada needed most last week was Ernest Lapointe. For two decades Ernest Lapointe had manipulated the strings that pull the geographical subdivisions, the racial and religious antagonisms of Canada into one nation. Last week the issue of conscription for overseas service threatened to snarl the strings as badly as it did in World War I. But the great manipulator's fingers were limp.

Ernest Lapointe, 65 years old, worn out by diabetes and the strain of war work, lay ill in a Montreal hospital. Once he stirred from a coma,...

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