Canada: THE DOMINION: Liberal Promises & Results

The Richelieu-Verchėres by-election in Quebec was the showdown. Having lost three by-elections in a row, the Liberal Party had to win this one. Otherwise there was talk that Prime Minister Mackenzie King might soon call a general election, which the Liberals were by no means sure they could win.

Everything seemed to be right. The riding had been Liberal for more than half a century. The party's candidate was Sorel's young (34), personable Gerard Cournoyer, law partner and political heir apparent of the late P. J. A. Cardin, who had not been beaten in 35 years. Furthermore, the opposition looked feeble....

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