Perhaps the Fathers of Confederation erred when they cobbled together their spartan Constitution throughout the grey autumn of 1864. There are no resounding declarations of the rights of man. There are no spirited evocations of Justice and Liberty.By MARY JANIGAN22 min
Privately, Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa was already preparing his failback plan. For the past month, he has devoted many of his working hours in the offices he maintains in both Quebec City and Montreal to refining his thoughts on Quebec's future in—or alongside—Canada.
On the sun-splashed streets of Washington last week, it was easier to find a T-shirt bearing the likeness of Mickey Mouse or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than one featuring Mikhail Gorbachev. Even as President George Bush welcomed the Soviet leader to the White House, only a handful of would-be spectators milled outside the black iron gates, in contrast to the frenzied adoration that struck the U.S. capital on Gorbachev’s initial visit in December, 1987.
As 63-year-old pensioner Yelena Averenov spent hours lined up in front of a state-run Moscow butcher store, waiting for a rapidly dwindling supply of sausages, her country’s leaders were heatedly debating measures that would make shopping an even more difficult experience.
For the six New Democratic Party MPs still in the House of Commons, it was an irresistible opportunity. On the evening of May 24, during the closing hours of final debate on the Conservative government’s abortion bill, they found themselves alone in the House.By E. KAYE FULTON5 min
The verdict is in. Retired restaurateur and accused war criminal Imre Finta has been acquitted of charges of kidnapping, forcible confinement, robbery and manslaughter that arose out of events in Hungary in 1944. At the time, Finta, who now lives in Toronto, was a captain in the Royal Hungarian Gendarmerie, the squad assigned to round up and organize the deportation of Jews from the city of Szeged.By BARBARA AMIEL5 min
If the Canadian business community has a resident philosopher—a Marshall McLuhan of the bottom-line set—he is Thomas Kierans, president of the C. D. Howe Institute, a Toronto-based think-tank which, under his stewardship, is becoming the country’s most innovative policy research source.By Peter C. Newman5 min
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