From rising star to Ottawa Jezebel: Belinda Stronach has slid while former boyfriend Peter MacKay has soared. Their failures and successes speak to the shifts in political mood. But their story also says a lot about how this country deals with political notoriety, particularly when it’s embodied in a woman.
BELINDA STRONACH’S breakup with Peter MacKay—and the entire Conservative party—was a turning point in the trajectory of Canadian politics. But just what happened, exactly, on May 16,2005? Two new books, and other sources, present two very different accounts of that fateful night.
WHEN I SAW your cover (“Public life, private tragedy,” Sept. 25), my first impulse was to throw Maclean’s into the recycling box unread. As far as I’m concerned, while she was governor general Adrienne Clarkson betrayed the trust of the Canadian people with her excessive spending.
In what might be called a sad twist on the Yiddish notion of beshert (predestined), Virginia Senator George Allen revealed his true colours last month. First, he called a Democratic campaign assistant of East Indian background “macaca.”
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