Canada: Till the Pub Closes

The old politician sat in his party headquarters in Ottawa, glowering furiously as a proposal was presented to the national executive committee suggesting that he step down after eight years as leader of Canada's Conservatives. At last John Diefenbaker, 69, rose to speak. "I will not have it!" he roared. "That is all there is to it!" A few minutes later, his supporters rejected the proposal by a narrow 55-52 vote.

It was the third revolt in two years against Diefenbaker, and each attack has left Canada's Conservatives more deeply divided.

Shifting with the Wind. Canadians know Diefenbaker as a...

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