World: Tory Toiler

JOE WHO? That disbelieving headline appeared in the Toronto Star three years ago, the day after an obscure M.P. from rural Alberta emerged as leader of Canada's Progressive Conservative Party, following a hotly contested convention. The question quickly became a national joke, and the joke led to insults. "Henry Aldrich from Alberta," sniffed one Liberal Cabinet minister.

Even fellow Tories were not above tossing off a quip: "When he comes into a room," joked former Party President Dalton Camp, "Conservatives can't make up their minds whether to stand up or send him out for coffee." Rising will now certainly be in order.


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