Canada: Mr. Pearson's Troubles

"We all need a holiday, I guess," sighed Canada's Prime Minister last week. Mike Pearson had reason to feel weary. Since taking office early last year, his minority Liberal government has weathered no fewer than 25 votes of confidence; its defenses are often weak and clumsy in the uncontrolled parliamentary debates, its legislative program is making only the slowest progress. And like Pearson, Canada's politicians, its press and public are beginning to get tired of the game.

The one man who seems to enjoy it all immensely is old John Diefenbaker, the...

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