Canada: The Munsinger Affair

It began with a taunt. Repeatedly accused by Tory Opposition Leader John Diefenbaker of mishandling national security matters, Justice Minister Lucien Cardin stood up in the House of Commons and fired back. "He is the very last person who can afford to give advice on the handling of security cases," charged the peppery French Canadian. So saying, he challenged Diefenbaker to "tell about his participation in the 'Monseignor case' when he was Prime Minister."

The Monseignor case? Rumors of something called a Munsinger case had been making the round of government cocktail parties for years, but no one had ever...

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