CBC: Lester Pearson contends for Liberal party leadership

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After holding power for 22 years the Liberal party was swept out of office in the summer of 1957 by John Diefenbaker’s Conservatives. Months later, Louis St. Laurent reluctantly steps aside, paving the way for new blood. This retrospective CBC Television clip shows the contenders for the Liberal leadership lining up and recounts Pearson’s transition from diplomat to political leader.

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