CANADA: Le Chef Is Dead

Maurice LeNoblet Duplessis, the Premier of Quebec, scorned the taking of bids on public works as "disguised hypocrisy," and bestowed stretches of highway to qualified areas (i.e., they voted right) in the fashion of a feudal lord. He set elections for Wednesdays, day of devotion to St. Joseph, his patron saint, and went faithfully to 6 a.m. Mass at the Quebec City Roman Catholic basilica, while his bodyguard, a Protestant, waited impassively in the rear of the church. Neither the man nor his government could have happened anywhere but in Quebec.


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