Canada at War: THE DOMINION: Crisp & Cunning

The Prime Minister got up as casually as a man about to give his trousers a hitch. "I should like to make a statement on the winding up of [Parliament's] business," he said. As William Lyon Mackenzie King droned on, no one paid much attention. Then, suddenly, the Prime Minister stopped droning. Crisply, he read an announcement: "The Governor General ... is willing to approve ... a general election on June 11."

In an instant the chamber was a madhouse. Liberals leaped up to pound each other's backs, yell, whistle, bang desks.

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