Canada: Upset in Ottawa

A new Conservative leader

For three days, eight candidates for leadership of Canada's Progressive Conservative Party pressed the flesh and corralled supporters in Ottawa's cavernous Civic Center. Most party insiders were predicting a victory for former Prime Minister Joe Clark. But by late afternoon, rumors of an upset were rife. Sure enough, after balloting stretched into Saturday night, the weary conventioneers finally rejected Clark in favor of Brian Mulroney, 44, a Quebec lawyer and business executive long active in party affairs. Mulroney has never run for office, but he will lead the Tories against the ruling Liberal Party in...

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