March 31, 1986

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COVER

THE REAL PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU

I marched into his office barely suppressing my anger. Fellow ministers, even some key ones in Montreal, were supporting a transfer of domestic flights from Dorval to Mirabel. To me the proposal seemed so outrageous that even to dignify it with debate was demeaning.
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Q&A: DR. HUGH SCULLY AND MURRAY ELSTON

Paying for an extra bill of health

The issue of extra billing by doctors— charging patients above the level already paid for by provincial government health plans—represents a major challenge to Canada’s health care system. Under the Canada Health Act, the federal government can withhold transfer payments from provinces where doctors extra-bill patients.
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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Calgary’s bitter spring

The facade of optimism has faded. Through the deep winter months of January and February, as prices on Alberta oil futures contracts skidded down to $17.50 a barrel, many of Calgary’s political and business leaders publicly maintained a cautious attitude, waiting for the price of oil to stabilize.
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CANADA/COVER

AN EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY

When Pierre Trudeau and Donald Johnston encountered each other two weeks ago in their downtown Montreal law firm of Heenan Blaikie, even the customarily inscrutable Trudeau could not contain his curiosity. Johnston, a former Trudeau cabinet minister, was about to publish Up the Hill, a 304-page combination of political memoirs and ideas.
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WORLD

An Ethiopian dilemma

He was in his twenties, but he did not know his exact age. Barefoot, in rags, missing several teeth, he had travelled south from somewhere in the Ethiopian Province of Wollo— from where exactly, he did not know. His name was Abou Mohammed and he and his family along with roughly 600,000 other Ethiopians had been officially resettled in the past 16 months, moved to a new tukul (hut) on a new plot of ground in Jarso, 900 km southwest.
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COVER

A ringing slap at success

Before the glow was dimmed by an ill-timed slap, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s visit to Washington last week had a homey feel. It seemed less like an official voyage and more as though two trusted friends, Brian and Mila, had just dropped in on Ron and Nancy.
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COLUMN

The case against neutrality

Last March 16 the CBC finished airing the three-part NFB series made by journalist Gwynne Dyer on Canada’s defence policies. The final show in the series called The Defence of Canada summed up Dyer’s point of view. He recommended Canada withdraw from NATO and NORAD—and become a non-aligned neutral country.
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COLUMN

Calling cards of troubled Tories

People are always telling me why the Conservative government is about to collapse. Some experts apparently feel that a new regime not yet two years old should resign because it found some cans of messy tuna. Others feel that the Mulroneyites should be tossed out of office because they didn’t detect soon enough that a couple of banks were about to fold.
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NATIONAL NOTES

As attorney general in Saskatchewan’s New Democratic Party government, Roy Romanow gained national prominence in 1981 for the role he played—with then federal Justice Minister Jean Chrétien and Attorney General Roy McMurtry of Ontario—in brokering a deal between Ottawa and the provinces for the patriation of Canada’s Constitution.
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WORLD

A first-round setback for Reagan’s contras

The 10-hour debate had been one of the most impassioned in the House of Representatives’ recent history. As speaker after speaker couched debate in apocalyptic rhetoric, the telephones in the members’ adjacent cloakroom were ringing with calls from President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George Bush, who lobbied until the last moment in an attempt to sway undecided members with promises of roads, services and legislative trade-offs.
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