After a hot political summer, leadership is on many Canadian minds. But the return of 6.5 million kids to school and university is a reminder that the young are where the real future of the country lies. On these pages, Maclean’s profiles a diverse group of Canadians under 30 who are already showing the talent it takes to get to the top.
SOME OF MY colleagues at the magazine wondered whether we should even bother talking to the Rolling Stones. I’d been offered separate audiences with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Exclusive Canadian access. But I’d interviewed them before, eight years ago.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
The luckiest thing that has ever happened to me is that I was born in Canada. Although I thank my stars every day, reading articles like the ones on train travel and its benefits (“All aboard,” Cover, Aug. 26) confirm my good fortune. The beauty of Canada is in its citizens and its landscape.
LOOK CLOSELY at your neighbours today, my fellow Canadians. There are disbelievers among us. In fact, according to a CROP poll for Maclean’s and its sister publication L’actualité in Quebec, only 30 per cent of Canadians are certain we will have an independent country 25 years from now.By ROBERT SHEPPARD
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN a simple question for a man accustomed to the black art of political gamesmanship. What can the other contenders for Jean Chrétien’s throne do to give former finance minister Paul Martin a run for his millions? But this seasoned Liberal party strategist seemed stumped.By JULIAN BELTRAME
CANADIAN AUTHOR Michael Ondaatje is an avid film buff. And as he watched his novel The English Patient being adapted for the screen, he became fascinated with the mind of the movie’s Oscar-winning editor. Walter Murch has edited sound or images for directors such as George Lucas (American Graffiti), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather I-III, The Conversation, Apocalpyse Now) and Orson Welles (the posthumous director’s cut of Touch of Evil).By MICHAEL ONDAATJE
Fourteen years ago, Canadians voted in one of the most crucial federal elections in the country’s history—with free trade with the United States as the dominant issue. As opposition built across English Canada, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney counted on a powerful electoral weapon —his strong relationship with Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa.By L. IAN MACDONALD
Officials working to secure the 2010 Winter Games for Vancouver-Whistler did their best to look excited last week when the International Olympic Committee included their cities on its short list of four potential sites. But bid members weren’t really surprised to survive the cut—and there’s still a lot of work to do.
ALTHOUGH Soon-To-Be-Sir Alan Greenspan won’t admit it, the U.S. economic recovery born last December seems to have gone from bumptious boyhood to septuagenarian sloth without pausing in adulthood en route. Yes, that can happen: there is a very rare human disease, called progeria, in which the afflicted die of the symptoms of old age by the time they reach their early teens.By DONALD COXE
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW the hot issues in Ottawa this fall, you need only ask what policy expert David Zussman is doing. The innovation agenda is stalled, saddled with high-flying targets and few practical prescriptions. So Zussman has just joined a new advisory committee to Industry Minister Allan Rock.By MARY JANIGAN
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