It was a cool night in Jakarta and the Shangri-La hotel was all aglitter. Valentine’s Day, 1997. Young couples swayed through the lobby, the ladies carrying helium heart-shaped balloons and single roses. A piano player sat at a fullsized grand, playing Johnny Mathis tunes.
Whether they occupy the right, left or centre of the political spectrum, Canadians still seem to agree on a few things. According to Maclean’s weekly survey of at least 10 undecided voters in each of five ridings across the country, a majority in English Canada are angry that the sovereigntist Bloc Québécois serves as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.By PATRICIA CHISHOLM8 min
Chest-deep in water, dragging a canoe behind him, Bernie Gray finally made it home. But everywhere he looked last week, the 63-year-old, semi-retired Winnipeg businessman found nothing but devastation.
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