In Canada's 21st general election, the Liberal Party was a shoo-in. An hour and 16 minutes after the vote-counting started in Eastern Canada and long before the polls closed on the West Coast, it was obvious that the people wanted no change in the government they had had for the last 14 years. By the time the whole country was heard from, the Liberals were back in office with the greatest majority in their party's history.

The Liberals had no idea it would be so easy. They were running under an untried leader,...

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