CANADA: Tiptoe on a Tightrope

For four years Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau ruled Canada's 28th Parliament with the confident, almost imperious air of a ringmaster. But as he faced a new Parliament last week, with his Liberal Party stripped of its fat majority by the October election, Trudeau was tiptoeing on a tightrope. Waiting in the wings, eager to bump him off his perch and form a new government, stood the Progressive Conservative Party, which has only two fewer seats than Trudeau's Liberals. Trudeau is still aloft, and could remain there for months—or he could topple...

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