CANADA: Enter Uncle Louis

Courtly, patrician Louis St. Laurent rode a campaign train west from Ottawa last week to seek a sixth consecutive term for the Liberal government he has headed for nine years. When the train reached the hustings on the green-touched prairies, out bounded a lovable character rarely seen since the last election: not the remote Prime Minister but "Uncle Louis," the politician.

St. Laurent, who seldom gets a chance to be Uncle Louis between elections, played the role right up to the specifications recently outlined in the London Economist: "Obviously he should not appear to be too bright. He...

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