CANADA: Showdown Election

Across a land where mild, springlike days were beginning to soften winter's deep freeze—and where a business slump has thrown more men out of work than in any other year since World War II—Canadians for the second time in a year are about to choose a new government. Bidding for a stronger mandate, after only nine months in office, is Tory Prime Minister John George Diefenbaker, 62. His leading challenger in the March 31 election: Liberal Leader Lester Bowles ("Mike") Pearson, 60, longtime Secretary of State for External Affairs in a government...

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