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By David Twiston-Davies, Conrad Black

Canada From Afar is the fruit of the outstanding flowering of obituary writing within the London day-by-day Telegraph in past times ten years. those energetic graphics of Canadians are expert, witty, occasionally quirky, sometimes iconoclastic.They comprise royal courtiers, politicians, businessmen, infantrymen, sailors, airmen, scientists, explorers, novelists, artists, or even reporters. one of the favourite Canadians considered from afar are individuals corresponding to Margaret Laurence, Joey Smallwood, K.C. Irving, Raymond Burr and A.J. Casson.

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Painting well into his nineties, Casson was a national institution, enjoying the distinction of having an Ontario lake named after him. The honour was entirely fitting, for Casson was above all the poet of small-town Ontario. He transformed the province's apparently banal vernacular architecture and domestic landscape with a sense of human life that, at its best, invited comparison with his contemporary the American realist Edward Hopper. His love of Ontario, which owed something to his sober Quaker background, made him the odd man out among the Group of Seven, whose reputation was based on their portrayal of the rugged and isolated drama of the northern landscape.

On the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, Vanier was Canadian minister in Paris. Pauline moved to the wing of a chateau near Le Mans, where she gave catechism classes to the local children, and in the relaxed atmosphere of "phony war" the Vaniers were invited to tour the Maginot Line. They were delighted to see so many Canadian Red Ensigns - though they later discovered that there was in fact only one, which the French had hastily sent ahead of them to each stopping place. The Germans' sudden advance sent Pauline scurrying with her children and nanny to the English Channel, where they were put on a cargo boat with 300 others, including the president of Poland and a group of English nuns.

The first open clash came when the new premier prevented Browne, a district court judge of 15 years' standing, from receiving a Canadian salary raise. Browne resigned and promptly brought bribery charges against Smallwood for telling Ferryland district voters in the federal election, with typical Newfoundland forthrightness, that they would only receive aid by voting Liberal. Browne dropped the case after he was elected an MP for St John's West, but he caused a sensation in the House of Commons by producing a pamphlet accusing Smallwood's economic guru Alfred Valdmanis of collaborating with the Nazis.

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