Canada: Preparing for Change?

Ever since the November elections, when his Liberal Party again failed to win an absolute majority of the Canadian House of Commons, Prime Minister Lester Pearson has been acting like a man preparing his exit. Rather than try to undertake any new economic and social reform measures, Pearson has set up what amounts to a caretaker government to continue present policies.

He has also mysteriously appointed Tom Kent, chief of his personal staff and for 21 years his closest political adviser, to a top-level civil service job that will be safe from political upheavals. Last week came an even more telling...

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