Bob Franks voted in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the U.S. House of Representatives last week. But like a lot of his colleagues, the 42-year-old first-term Republican congressman from New Jersey had trouble making up his mind.
My congratulations on your third annual ranking of Canadian universities (“A measure of excellence,” Cover, Nov. 15). It makes a real contribution to stimulating better performance. I have only one minor quibble—too many of the “distinguished” alumni you listed for each university were politicians.
It took less than an hour last week in the first-ever meeting between Canada’s 20th Prime Minister and the 42nd President of the United States to signal an end to the backslapping bonhomie that has existed between the two country’s leaders during the past nine years.
It was the kind of excitement that the tranquil campus of the University of New Brunswick in downtown Fredericton seldom sees. Within the space of a few days, cameras from Atlanta-based CNN were invading the offices of the student newspaper, producers from New York City’s Donahue talk show were phoning, and outspoken social critic Camille Paglia was offering her views.
The heading over the national column in The Globe and Mail on Nov. 12—Giles Gherson batting for Jeffrey Simpson, who is on sabbatical at Stanford University in California—declared: “The Liberals are back in town, and the civil servants are rejoicing.”By GEORGE BAIN5 min
French farmers protest the GATT agricultural accord in Marseilles There were no rollicking rounds of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling wafting over the water of Seattle’s Puget Sound last weekend. In fact, the jolly spirit of the 1985 Shamrock Summit, where Brian Mulroney and Ronald Reagan burst into song, was nowhere to be found at the initial meeting between Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and President Bill Clinton. When global markets and international competitiveness were emerging in the 1980s, Mulroney’s frank admiration for his presidential mentors to the south gave a strong bilateral focus to Canadian policy initiatives in an increasingly multilateral world.By DEIRDRE McMURDY5 min
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