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How to Nominate a Candidate for PM Without Really Trying

In 1968, Lester Pearson announced that he would resign as Prime Minister of Canada and also as head of the Liberal Party of Canada. The campaign for leader of the Party began at once and in earnest, because the winner would automatically become Prime Minister. There were a number of cabinet ministers with justified high hopes, including Paul Martin Sr., Paul Hellyer, Robert Winters, Mitchell Sharpe, and Maurice Sauvé as well as Eric Kierans of the Quebec Legislative Assembly. Pierre Elliott Trudeau was also considered but was way down the list.