On June 25, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi shocked the Western world when she declared a state of emergency that apparently gave her the right to run India as she sees fit. In 1971, following her Congress Party’s victory in the general elections, Mrs. Gandhi was charged on numerous counts of campaign irregularities.
“I’m not planning any cabinet shuffle or major change,” Pierre Trudeau declared at a pre-vacation press conference in early August. By the end of the month, Trudeau’s well-laid plan to wait until next year for a changing of the guard was dashed.
Despite all his bravado and courageous talk of not bowing to assassins, President Gerald Ford’s public appearances will never be the same again. He has now been convinced that if he does not stop plunging into crowds at scheduled locations—grinning his way through hundreds of handshakes—he will not live to run in next year’s election.
Every detail of Massey College routine reflects the values of Robertson Davies. The Master overshadows the institution he runs just as much as the fictional characters he creates. Bearded, gowned and unfashionably erudite, Robertson Davies is Central Casting’s idea of the Eminent Personage.
Ottawa has been the scene of furious backroom lobbying during the past two months over the purchase of billions of dollars worth of military aircraft. The armed forces are looking for a new, antisubmarine, long-range patrol plane, a new jet fighter to replace their outdated fleet, or maybe both.
On behalf of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, with branches from sea to sea (and two in Toronto, naturally), I would like to thank Bruce McCall for his excellent article, Settling The Score For George III (July). I cannot believe that he is not still “with us.”
John Diefenbaker, as he said and showed during his eightieth birthday festivities, is in very good health but that wasn’t the case earlier this year. Diefenbaker was suffering from prostatitis and about to enter hospital, and there was some speculation he’d never come out.
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