The separatists say that Quebec has no place in Canada, that Canada is unworkable, and that it is not interested in the aspirations of Quebec (“ 'We the people,’ ” Cover, Sept. 18). Why, then, after a Yes vote would they even want to have a political and an economic union with a country that fits this description?
We all have our stories, our personal legends. Maybe it was a war, or a parent’s death, or an early love. Time and retelling have smoothed them out by now, the way water polishes rocks; simple narratives, clear messages—we turn our pasts into Leave It to Beaver episodes.By BOB LEVIN5 min
I am confident that a large majority of Quebecers will reject Jacques Parizeau’s cunning question in the Oct. 30 referendum. Even so, some may fall victim to the Parti Québécois’s dirty tricks designed to skew results in favor of the Yes forces.By DIANE FRANCIS5 min
It sounded too good to be true—and it was. A delegation of more than 80 wealthy entrepreneurs from mainland China was coming to invest millions of dollars in Canada, and the group wanted to see Brampton, a city on the northwest edge of Metro Toronto.By PAUL KAIHLA8 min
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien found himself dogged by an old controversy: did he or did he not solicit a donation of $25,000 in 1990 from one of the key players in the ill-fated redevelopment of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport? Testifying before a Senate inquiry, Jack Matthews, president of Paxport Inc., said he believed that his company’s proposal to privatize the airport was scuttled after the Liberals took office in November, 1993, because the firm had refused to contribute to Chrétien’s Liberal leadership campaign in 1990.
Every society is blessed with people who become its touchstones, men and women who speak and act out of conscience and wisdom, instead of self-interest and expediency. In Quebec, one of those touchstones is Gil Rémillard, an ardent nationalist whose three books on constitutional law have become standard texts in Quebec universities.By Peter C. Newman4 min
Canada’s tobacco industry could be forgiven a gloat, even two. In February, 1994, after years of raising tobacco taxes at every opportunity, the federal government reversed course and slashed them by $5 a carton, a controversial but ultimately successful measure to curb cross-border cigarette smuggling.By WARREN CARAGATA6 min
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