It was a sunny day in Ottawa in the summer of 1950, and the 22-year-old cub reporter was late for a state funeral. He had been at a tavern drinking beer. By the time he arrived on Parliament Hill, the open casket containing the body of Canada’s longest-reigning prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, had been removed from public view.By Brian D. Johnson10 min
It was a brave, perhaps even foolhardy, move in the cruel game of politics. On a three-day swing through British Columbia last week, Liberal Leader John Turner defiantly swept aside speculation that he would seek a safer seat in Toronto in the upcoming federal election.
Dressed in a cobalt-blue suit and sipping from a glass of Perrier water, Liberal Leader John Turner appeared relaxed and confident last week during a 30-minute-long interview with Maclean’s. He spoke to Ottawa Bureau Chief Ross Laver and Ottawa Bureau Correspondent Hilary Mackenzie in his oak-panelled office on Parliament Hill:
Alberta-based Nova Corp.’s $200-million bid for Polysar Energy and Chemical Corp. of Toronto has forced Ontario and Alberta into a tug-of-war over the future direction of the entire Canadian petrochemical industry. The federal government, which must ultimately decide whether Nova succeeds, will have to weigh the two provinces’ interests against the strategic value of allowing Nova to become an industry giant capable of thriving under a free trade agreement with the United States.By BRIAN BURTON6 min
He stares bleary-eyed at the empty glass that sits on top of the digital clock beside his bed. “I always wake up at noon and see that glass,” Chuck Grochmal says. “But I never remember having taken those pills.” He is referring to the two ivory-and-blue tablets of azidothymidine (azt)—an antiviral drug taken every four hours to strengthen his weakened immune system—that he swallowed at 8 a.m. After that, Grochmal fell asleep again.
They can be seen either as powerless political outcasts or as maverick champions of parliamentary democracy. Whatever the verdict, independent members of Parliament share one other characteristic: they are a rare political species.By MICHAEL ROSE5 min
Libel chill has hit the National Business Writing Awards as many of Canada’s most important journalists boycott this year’s affair. As a former winner, I am upset by the protest because it means that these distinguished awards will be meaningless this year with most prominent publications and journalists having pulled out.By Diane Francis5 min
To understand why nutritionists will be the guardians of the new standards of morality, you first have to understand why new standards of morality are needed at all. And then you have to understand why those new standards have to be lower than the old ones.By Charles Gordon5 min
The buildings on Parliament Hill— with the Peace Tower soaring over the Centre Block, which contains the House of Commons and the Senate—are among the most recognizable structures in Canada. But those majestic buildings are increasingly crowded with workers and visitors.
Through four stormy years as American ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick clashed with critics of U.S. policy in Grenada, Afghanistan and Central America. Handpicked by President Ronald Reagan when she was a university professor—and registered Democrat—Kirkpatrick quickly became known as a conservative hardliner.
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