The critical misunderstanding arose on a February evening over after-dinner cigars and cognac at Stornoway, the official residence of Liberal Leader John Turner. After dinner, Turner and Jean Chrétien—his former rival for the Liberal leadership, who served as external affairs critic on the party’s front bench—retired to the book-lined study.
For weeks the warnings had been unmistakable. Federal Finance Minister Michael Wilson was determined to attack the deficit and he vowed to deliver a tough budget. Last week he did just that. Outlining his second set of restraint measures to the Commons in nine months, Wilson declared, “My message today is a serious one and in many ways not pleasant.”
On the walls of the spartan, uncarpeted waiting room are four photocopied signs reading, “Fight For Your Doctor’s Freedom.” Inside his cramped office, Dr. Michael Soboloff quietly defends the right of doctors to bill patients more than the fees set by the province—a practice known in Ontario as extra billing.By SHERRI AIKENHEAD7 min
To many Canadians, the Annapolis Valley is known for its annual Apple Blossom Festival held each June. The week-long event celebrates wholesome country living, the Valley’s spectacular beauty and the richness of its $120-million-a-year farm industry.By CHRIS WOOD7 min
This week Finance Minister Michael Wilson, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and other high-level Tories will fan out across Canada in a political exercise known as selling the budget. The Conservatives will try to convince Canadian taxpayers that large tax increases are a necessary—and fair—way to reduce the crippling federal deficit.
The press wants to get you. The opposition wants to get you. Even some of the bureaucrats want to get you. The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high and a smile on your face. If you don’t learn that, you're quickly finished.By MICHAEL POSNER6 min
The frail man in the floppy sunhat and beige windbreaker who disembarked from the C-141 transport plane at Honolulu’s Hickam Air Force Base looked more like a tourist than the former president of the Philippines. After U.S. Air Force officials helped him down the steps, 68-year-old Ferdinand Marcos stepped tentatively onto 50 feet of red carpet.
In Florenceville, N.B., home to McCain Foods Ltd. — one of the world’s largest purveyors of frozen french fries—there is nowhere to go for a discreet business lunch. The only restaurant in the village of 850 is a crowded lunch counter near the racks of overalls and work boots at Buckingham’s Department Store.
The slight, rumpled 59-yearold prime minister left the Grand Theatre after seeing the new Swedish film comedy The Brothers Mozart with his wife late last Friday and they began walking home along Sveavagan St. in central Stockholm. Fifteen minutes later, at the intersection of Sveavagan and Tunnelgaten, between a paint store and subway station entrance, a short man of about 35 wearing a long dark-blue overcoat and a hat with earflaps approached the couple from behind.By DAVID BARTAL6 min
She is the daughter of one of South Africa’s best-known opponents of apartheid—Nobel Peace Prize laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu. Following in her father’s footsteps, Naomi Tutu-Seavers, 25, is emerging as a vocal foe of the white government of Pretoria in her own right.
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