CANADA: Make Up Your Mind

Everywhere cautious "Wee Willie" King looked, there was trouble. Having held a plebiscite which split Canada's English-and French-speaking peoples, Canada's Prime Minister found he had split his Cabinet almost as dangerously.

The plebiscite was on the question: Should the Government be released from its pledge not to conscript manpower for service overseas? The Canadian electorate voted Yes by a more than 2-to-1 vote—and the Cabinet thereupon split over whether to enforce conscription immediately. For the second consecutive weekend Mr. King sought refuge in his summer house in the gentle Gatineau hills. Past master of delay and compromise, he emerged this...

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