Canada: Well, Yes and No

Mixed blessing for Trudeau

The dark-walnut-paneled Ottawa courtroom was packed with government lawyers, bureaucrats and a few curious law students last week as the nine black-robed justices of Canada's Supreme Court filed in to deliver a historic verdict on the country's future. When Chief Justice Bora Laskin began to read, there was a moment of confusion. A special sound system failed, and his words were barely audible to a nationwide television audience. But the impact of his message was clear enough. At the end of a five-month courtroom fight between the federal government of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and eight...

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