On a cold, cloudy morning late last January, 40 senior executives of some of Canada’s largest corporations filed into a conference room in a suburban Toronto office building for a highly unusual and confidential meeting. Among the influential participants: the chief executives of such diverse and powerful enterprises as Bell Canada of Montreal, Stelco Inc. of Toronto and B.C. Resources Investment Corp. of Vancouver. Their purpose: to form a blue-chip task force to pressure the new Conservative government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney into negotiations aimed at liberalizing Canada-U.S. trade.
A century after Engels’s confident prediction, Canadians are feeling with renewed force the intense economic attraction of “Yankee blood.” Few Canadians seriously suggest that the “ridiculous boundary” be erased, but there is a growing momentum among Canadian business leaders, economists and the government to pull down the ragged wall of tariffs between the two neighbors.By KEN MACQUEEN11 min
The casually dressed group gathered around a table in Finance Minister Michael Wilson’s 27thfloor Ottawa office late on the Sunday afternoon of the Labor Day weekend. But Wilson, dressed in a sports jacket, and Barbara McDougall, minister of state for finance, wearing a plaid shirt and pants, faced a grim and very formal task.
Throughout the week suspense and speculation intensified in Ottawa. There, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney waited until the eleventh hour to outline formally Ottawa’s policy toward the hotly debated U.S. space defence program. Then, after a day-long caucus meeting the Prime Minister emerged from the Railway Committee Room in Parliament’s Centre Block to make one of his year-old government’s most important announcements: Ottawa will not formally participate in the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), popularly known as Star Wars.By MICHAEL CLUGSTON6 min
Albertans honky tonk,”and call it each “high-country year nearly eight million tourists walk its neon-lit streets. Like mountain mayflies they flit in and out of Mexican restaurants, late-night discos and souvenir shops that sell porcelain figurines of classical musicians and T-shirts that read “I love Canada” in Japanese.
For a short time last winter, the brisk Baltic breezes that swept across Stockholm’s central boulevard, the Strandvägen, seemed to carry the seeds of historic political change. Under the vaulted ceilings of the Opera Cafe, a gathering place for the city’s best and brightest, the talk turned increasingly to possibilities that were—by Swedish standards—almost revolutionary.By MICHAEL POSNER6 min
Forty years ago there was no question where the United States stood on trade. In the aftermath of the Second World War, Washington was determined to tear down the great tariff walls thrown up during the 1930s. Those barriers had stifled trade, intensified the Depression and led, in part, to the Second World War.
Driving back from Rambo, a Canadian finds himself in a traffic jam. This is a six-lane highway, a marvel of modern technology. Next to this highway, the Ho Chi Minh Trail was nothing. Rambo has just finished winning the rematch of the Vietnam War.By Charles Gordon5 min
Arthur Miller, 69, is one of North America’s most prominent playwrights. Famous for his award-winning play Death of a Salesman, he is also known for his tempestuous, five-year marriage to Marilyn Monroe, which he detailed in After the Fall.
Prince Edward Islanders have become the owners of a 10-storey hotel and convention centre in Charlottetown. The complex, built for $32 million in the early 1980s, was bought out of receivership late last month by the island government for $5.1 million.
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