CANADA: Happy Birthday, Bonne Chance

Happy Birthday, Bonnie Chance

Fireworks blossomed and flags rippled in Ottawa last week, as 23 million Canadians—or most of them, anyway —cheered the 110th anniversary of their national confederation. The $3.5 million birthday bash was a big change from last year, when merrymaking funds were slashed abruptly by an austerity-minded government. This time the question of national unity overrode any urge for thrift. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was determined to show that Canadians want to stick together as a nation despite the election victory of the separatist Parti Québécois last November in...

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