February 24, 1986



They are supplicants in a city built to serve power, but they are a privileged breed. They know whom to ask. How to ask. And when to ask for it. What they seek, they often get. They are the small but growing army of silent persuaders, many of them with deep roots in the nation’s political parties and the bureaucracy.
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Pursuing a dream at a Gallic summit

It was a dream first actively promoted by Senegal’s poetpresident Léopold Senghor and by Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba. In the early 1960s the two African leaders, along with King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia and a small coterie of Frenchspeaking intellectuals, envisaged a grouping of the world’s francophone people that would safeguard the global future of French —and serve as a cultural and political counterpoint to the worldwide influence of the English-speaking Commonwealth and the United States.
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The Power establishment

To the executives working in the wood-panelled offices of Power Corp. of Canada’s Montreal headquarters, they are casually known as “Paul Junior” and “Andy.” But that informality obscures the true status of the two sons of Power’s chairman and chief executive officer, Paul Desmarais.


The lobbyists who work to influence policy in Brian Mulroney's Ottawa gained their credentials in private industry, inside government or by espousing special interest causes. Among the most visible practitioners: Frank Moores, chairman of Ottawabased Government Consultants International Inc., formed in the winter of 1984 only months after the election of the Mulroney government.
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Putting corruption into context

Late in the winter of 1965-66 I gave Blair Fraser, Maclean's Ottawa editor, a lift from the Parliament Buildings. On the way, we talked about the latest in the series of scandals that had been shaking the Liberal government of Lester Pearson for more than a year—a “welter of squalid scandals,” Richard Gwyn called them in his book The Shape of Scandal.
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The limits of the American dream

The memorial services and treeplantings and commemorative cannon-firings are done now and we must deal with the stark and simple fact that seven Americans died aboard one of our spaceships—perished in circumstances so terrible that, when contemplating the crew’s final moments, we may wish to unplug our imaginations.
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‘What the hell happened in that cab?’

A gentle snow fell on the heaps of charred, twisted wreckage. Under leaden skies, work crews searched the remnants of the accident—the Feb. 8 head-on collision between a CN freight train and a Via Rail passenger train 18 km east of Hinton, Alta.
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A ringing fear of telephoning

There are dumb ideas and then there are stupid ideas. There never seems to be a shortage of either and often they come from some very high sources. This week’s example comes from a very bright guy, one Jean-Claude Delorme, who is president of Teleglobe Canada.
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A new view of the Bible

One of the world's leading authorities on Middle Eastern history and the author of more than 40 books, Hugh J.Schonfield was among the first scholar's to evaluate the Dead Sea Scrolls after their discovery in Israel in 1947. The 84-year-old British scholar, who now lives in London, published The Passover Plot in 1965, based on his study of the Scrolls.
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The thinking of a property king

Eddy Cogan is one of those uncommon creatures who roosts at or near the pinnacle of the Canadian real estate business without casting much of a shadow. Although he has flipped commercial and residential real estate worth at least $1 billion a year during the past decade for customers who have included the free world’s leading property players, he cultivates a deliberately evasive and mysterious manner.
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