The Hemisphere: A Leader Steps Down

No man in Canadian politics ever looked the part of a Prime Minister more completely—or wanted the job more earnestly—than handsome, patrician George Alexander Drew, 62. After resigning as Premier of Ontario in 1948 to take over as national leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Drew fought hard through two national election campaigns. But the Liberals, who combined a New Dealish program of social reform with a hard-headed regard for balanced budgets, rolled over the Tories for their fourth and fifth straight national victories, relegating Drew to the gadfly role of Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons. Last...

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