Late in 1973 Prime Minister Trudeau created a short-lived furor by appointing Bora Laskin, a junior member of the Supreme Court of Canada, as its Chief Justice. The furor derived from three things: precedent said the job should have gone to Mr. Justice Ronald Martland of Alberta, next in line by seniority; Laskin was reputed to be a liberal, perhaps even a radical (a myth based, for the most part erroneously, on his years as a labor arbiter, his five years on the Ontario Court of Appeal, and three years on the Supreme Court); Laskin was perceived to be a man who would lean toward the federal government (he is a staunch federalist) in any and all federal-provincial disputes.
It is fascinating to watch the process of the self-fulfilling prophecy. In one issue of Maclean’s (January 10), Judith Timson begins a story on Justice Thomas Berger by describing a taxi-grabbing incident at Ottawa airport. The judge is recognized by a taxi occupant and after some conversation is warned, “Canadians always turn on their folk heroes.”
Marty Liebman is an unrepentant, honest-to-God gnome, one of those traditionally shadowy figures who operate in the mysterious world of international finance, making and losing fortunes by dealing in other people’s money. Right now.By KEVIN DOYLE, HARTLEY STEWARD9 min
In the middle of the severe cold wave that gripped the eastern and midwestern United States last month, Energy Minister Alastair Gillespie was listening to the radio one Friday night and picked up reports of more U.S. school closings and more factory shutdowns because of a shortage of energy.By ROBERT LEWIS5 min
It was the eve of what many Hindu holy men were proclaiming as their most auspicious religious day in 144 years. As the evening darkened and 10 million of their devout followers began crowding onto the banks of Hinduism’s sacred River Ganges in northeast India for a ritual bathing session held only once every 12 years, the prophecy of the holy men appeared to come true with startling suddenness and in a form that few, if any, in teeming India had anticipated.By EDA COLE7 min
Late last month, in what was probably his last appearance as a professional hockey player, Bobby Orr was able to play only two shifts against the inept Vancouver Canucks. Power plays, of course. During the second, the puck skipped past him at the Vancouver blueline.By Robert Miller5 min
To be accused of being the head of a revolutionary organization is a serious charge in itself. But for Jean-Pierre Goyer to say in a letter to his cabinet colleagues that one of the aims of the organization I allegedly led was to organize and infiltrate the civil service is downright slanderous.By Martin Loney5 min
Since taking over as Tory leader a year ago, it could reasonably be said that Joe Clark has not succeeded in conveying a strong sense of himself to Canadians. But at 32,000 feet, flying over Western Canada in an Air Canada DC9, Clark, in an interview with Maclean's Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Lewis, revealed himself as a man with firm ideas about himself and the country’s future.
One feels sorry for Roméo LeBlanc, a morose, pensive beagle of a man whose natural intellectual bent once led him to his happiest role: CBC correspondent in Washington. With that unerring eye for the inappropriate that so marks government in its habit of finding square holes for round pegs, LeBlanc is now federal Minister of Fisheries.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
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