It was the ultimate symbol of the personal chemistry on which Brian Mulroney had based his political fortunes: regular telephone chats with Ronald Reagan. But last fall, just when negotiations over Canadian softwood lumber imports to the United States erupted in mutual recriminations, the Canadian timber industry was stunned by a confidential report from Parliament Hill.By MARCI MCDONALD
The security is impressive—even in secrecy-prone Ottawa. Behind a formidable array of locks and hulking safes, the Trade Negotiations Office (TNO) sprawls over the 17th floor of a modern downtown office tower two blocks from Parliament Hill.
Canadians More than love two-thirds their credit of cards. adult Canadians carry one or more cards and use them to make more than 370 million purchases of goods and services annually. The balance owing currently exceeds $5 billion, despite interest rates ranging from 14.75 per cent to 28.8 per cent.By D'ARCY JENISH
Pounding wooden desk, his fist John on a Anderson cluttered bellows so loudly that two secretaries in the front office cannot help but overhear his angry words. Owner of a small steel distributorship in St. Thomas, Ont., Anderson, 34, contends that a free trade deal between Canada and the United States would cripple his business.By SHERRI AIKENHEAD
The Aegean Sea, cradling the legendary islands of Greek antiquity, has long been known to seafarers as a region of sudden and ferocious storms. Last week, a geopolitical storm blew up which threatened to engulf the region in war—and in the eye of the storm was a Canadian oil exploration company.
When viewers last left Rev. Jim Bakker, whose PTL ministry stands for Praise The Lord and People That Love, the televangelist revealed that he had loved too well. Two weeks ago Bakker, whose roller-coaster relationship with his wife, Tammy, had turned his South Carolina-based cable show into a kind of Christian soap opera, admitted that he had been blackmailed over an extramarital encounter with the then-21-year-old church secretary.
Deflating the pretentions of careeroriented baby boomers is popular fare in Hollywood comedies. In the latest example, Blind Date, young management executive Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) is set up with an attractive stranger, Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger).By LAWRENCE O'TOOLE, L. O'T., BRIAN D. JOHNSON, L. O'T.
For America’s the first pastime time will in not history, open in the United States. Next week, weather permitting, the first pitch of the 1987 major league baseball season will be thrown in Canada. Barring rain or snow on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the opening volley—likely from Blue Jay left-hander Jimmy Key—will head toward the Cleveland Indians’ lead-off batter—probably second baseman Tony Bernazard—at 12:35 p.m. on April 6 in Toronto.By HAL QUINN
Failure was written across every face as the leading characters trudged into the cavernous meeting room near Parliament Hill last week. After less than two full days of negotiations, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, nine premiers and the leaders of four aboriginal groups had once again failed to find a way of entrenching native self-government in the Constitution.
Media heavies and political hotshots have been trying to be clever about the latest round of opinion polls. The smart money in Canada says that voters are fed up with the scandals or worried about free trade or uneasy about Brian Mulroney’s image or concerned about cod—something like that.By Charles Gordon
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