CANADA: Turn of the Tide?

Is the political tide beginning to turn against Canada's long-dominant Liberal Party? Politicians wondered last week after four hotly contested by-elections in Quebec and New Brunswick ridings that were regarded as Liberal strongholds. The Liberals won only one of the by-elections in their oldtime form. In the second their majority was sharply cut and in the third the Liberal nominee barely managed to win. In the fourth by-election, the opposition Tory candidate won a seat the Liberals had held for 22 years.

The upset winner was Charles Van Horne, 34, a Campbellton, N.B. lawyer, who carried a constituency where the...

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