Canada: The Queen & the Chill

Quebec City was an armed camp. On roads leading into the French Canadian provincial capital, police flagged down motorists and searched their cars. The airport and railway station swarmed with plainclothesmen. On the cliffs overlooking the St. Lawrence River, khaki-clad Canadian army troops took their positions while Navy frogmen ran a final check for mines in the dock area of Wolfe's Cove. Yellow police barricades lined the city streets, and knots of helmeted riot police stood ready. Their orders were clear: all demonstrations were banned.

The Queen was coming, and many French Canadians...

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