Canada: Smelling Power

Mr. Mulroney goes to Ottawa

The occasion was important enough for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to interrupt his official tour of Greece last week and make a statement. Almost 5,000 miles away, fellow Quebecker Brian Mulroney, 44, a bilingual businessman who became leader of the opposition Progressive Conservative Party in June, had just won his first seat in the House of Commons. Mulroney had thus positioned himself to run for Prime Minister in Canada's next federal elections. Graciously calling Mulroney "a formidable opponent," Trudeau, 63, declared: "We will certainly be treating him with respect—and apprehension."

Trudeau's confidence could not conceal the...

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