Two summers ago, the Canadian dollar was a high-flying schooner, cutting a fancy swath at $1.03 U.S. Uncharted reefs or troubles below the waterline could be averted or ridden out with little fuss. Or so it seemed. Today, the dollar is a much battered punt, buffeted by international forces, victim of some faulty structure, even bad helmsmanship.By Roderick McQueen, RODERICK MCQUEEN7 min
It’s hard to imagine how much the sway of a country can depend on the health and vigor of individual men and that’s why there’s so much concern and hope over the recovery of Chief Justice of Canada Bora Laskin. There was that heart bypass surgery in June and the fear that if he returned to the Supreme Court it would not be as chief but as merely one of nine judges.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
Until recently, the legal status of unmarried couples was simple: there was none. Regardless of intent or duration, commonlaw relationships were not recognized by law and that meant the partners were regarded as less than strangers—since strangers at least were entitled to make enforceable contracts with one another.
In the last dozen years of the unity crisis the debate has turned full circle. English Canada has been jilted. Now the question has neatly turned into: “What does Canada really want?” Quebec’s goals are clearer now. That’s not to say they are compatible.By Charles Long5 min
It was a night that caught the whole world napping. In a matter of hours, their intentions unsuspected by Western intelligence, 200,000 troops of the Warsaw Pact armies swept across Czechoslovakia’s borders while a procession of giant Tupolev and Antonov transports ferried elite Soviet units into Prague’s Ruzynĕ airport.
The definition of “at this time” may soon itself become an election issue. While the prime minister sought to dampen speculation with his pronouncement during a television address to the nation, backroom election planning continued apace; Trudeau was clearly keeping the option of a fall vote wide open.
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