Canada: The Home Stretch

Just two weeks to go before Canada's national elections. Liberal Leader Lester ("Mike") Pearson, the challenger, was brimming with confidence. "A tide is sweeping across the country—and we will elect a Liberal government with a clear majority," said Pearson as he campaigned through the western strongholds of Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. A Nobel prizewinner and a somewhat reticent diplomat, Pearson seemed less ill at ease on the hustings than the last time he electioneered in 1958.

It is Pearson and the Liberals who seem to be showing most of the drive...

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