Maclean’s: Meech Lake, free trade and tax reform are an enviable record, but it doesn’t seem to rub off on you. That really must be a frustrating experience—especially for an Irishman. Mulroney: Well, not really. Mr. Broadbent, of course, leads the pack.
It was a year of extremes. Onetime winners became losers; no one seemed safe from the acceleration of history that affected no group more than businessmen trying to cope with an unmanageable present and an unpredictable future. Here is a collection of some of the best and worst sayings, events, judgments and flotsam of 1987: Best reason for not becoming a lawyer: “I decided that practising law was the exact opposite of sex—even when it was good, it was lousy.”By Peter C. Newman4 min
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was running an hour late for his final meeting with President Ronald Reagan last Thursday morning near the end of the historic summit. After Gorbachev had breakfast with Vice-President George Bush, Gorbachev’s motorcade sped down Washington’s crowded Connecticut Avenue.By MARCI McDONALD8 min
It was an emotional moment. After 19 months of stop-and-go bargaining with the Americans, Canada’s chief trade negotiator, Simon Reisman, last week handed Prime Minister Brian Mulroney three looseleaf binders containing the final text of a free trade agreement with the United States.
Knowlton Nash was gleeful as he recalled the visit two days earlier of grandsons Robert, 2, and Jesse, 5. “Robert sleeps in the cupboard in my room—he loves it in there,” recounted Nash, 60, lounging in his sixth-floor apartment overlooking Toronto’s downtown.By JULIA BENNETT6 min
At the National Academy of Sciences in central Washington last Tuesday, a group of Soviet and American officials waited patiently beside a statue of Albert Einstein. A few blocks away, at the Lincoln Memorial, about 100 reporters and cameramen were also waiting.By IAN AUSTEN4 min
A glittery champagne-and-smokedsalmon reception set the stage before the second annual Gemini Awards in Toronto on Dec. 9. The party brought together stars and producers to celebrate the best of Canadian English-language TV. While CTV’s police show Night Heat, also broadcast in 32 countries including the United States, captured the award for best dramatic series and TV Guide’s most popular program award, the best acting awards in the dramatic series category went to the stars of Global Television Network’s Adderly and CBC’s Street Legal.By YVONNE COX4 min
Chief Justice William D. Parker of the Supreme Court of Ontario found a serious defect in Ottawa’s rules on conflict of interest to be the lack of a definition of conflict of interest. As a result he devised his own. A real conflict of interest, he said, denotes a situation in which a minister knows of a private economic interest that is sufficient to influence the exercise of his public duties and responsibilities.By George Bain5 min
Better than most, James Baldwin understood the intricate nature of American race relations. He knew that whites were victims of their own delusions and that blacks had learned too well the art of suffering. Baldwin sensed that the races were moving closer and yet remained far apart and, most of all, that time was not an ally.By Fred Bruning5 min
When Barbara Falk moved to Toronto from Victoria in August, 1984, the only apartment she could find was a small, two-bedroom flat in the city’s east end. There were holes in the walls, her radiators did not work and, she says, “there were cockroaches everywhere.”By VICTOR DWYER3 min
Maclean’s: Last July the UN’s Security Council passed Resolution 598, which called for an end to the Iraq-Iran War. Iraq has accepted the resolution, but Iran has not. Is there any way out of the impasse? Urquhart: The Iranians regard themselves—with a certain amount of reason—as having been grossly discriminated against.
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