“We are well into day one of the next election campaign.” With those words the day after his dramatic victory, newly elected Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark began the task of unifying his party and building himself up as a winner.By IAN URQUHART7 min
Exactly 25 years ago, when opera superstar Joan Sutherland was still a tender, 22-year-old mezzo-soprano, her singing coach, an even younger Wunderkind named Richard Bonynge, began to expand her range into the florid coloratura stratosphere.By CHARLES POPE6 min
When Joe Clark worked on Robert Stanfield’s staff, he decided to learn to swim. With all the gravity of a researcher, the young bachelor called the local pool for a briefing on hours and classes and, when it was all written down, the pool employee inquired seriously, “And how old is your boy, sir?”By ROBERT LEWIS5 min
Part of Johnny F. Bassett’s problem, they say, is his choice of guests for swimming parties. Bright, handsome people are his Toronto Toros, and good swimmers, too. But the sober fact is, they’d rather play with the president than for him. During his three-year reign, Bassett has won the friendship of a few big names and turned off a lot of little ones in the process.By REYN DAVIS, DIANE SILVERMAN5 min
Be nice to people on the way up, as the man says, because you’ll meet them on the way down. That’s what the chaps at the Edmonton Journal are now thinking because Joe Clark, the youngest leader of a federal party since Confederation, started out as a copyboy on the paper.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
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