MICHAEL IGNATIEFF’S gaze drifted upward, past the ceiling of the foyer of the House of Commons and, as it seemed, toward heaven. It was Friday, March 25. The House of Commons had just voted, by 165 votes to 145, in support of this Liberal motion: “That the House agrees with the finding of the standing committee on procedure and House affairs that the government is in contempt of Parliament, which is unprecedented in Canadian parliamentary history, and consequently, the House has lost confidence in the government.”
“IT’S WHETHER we elect parliamentarians to bicker or build that will be the defining issue of our time,” Jack Layton said at the Toronto convention where he became NDP leader on Jan. 26, 2003. “And we say, let’s build.” Kudos for prescience, then.
IF EVERYONE INVOLVED is telling the truth about what happened on budget day, then the election happened because the Conservatives and New Democrats didn’t understand each other. Brad Lavigne is a former chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
THE GOVERNMENT Congress Centre across from the Château Laurier used to be the old Ottawa train station. In the 1960s, government planners decided they had a better idea and moved the trains out to a secluded corner of southeastern Ottawa.
LATER, WHEN EVERYTHING went crazy and pollsters started projecting 100 seats for the NDP, the people running the other parties’ campaigns were still mystified about how it happened. Was it the debates? That’s when the New Democrats began a long, steady climb in the polls.
DAVID STEWART ARTHUR CLEVERLEY was born on March 30, 1985, in Prince George, B.C., the fourth child and only son for Donald, a teacher, and Lori, a bank manager. When David was three, the Cleverleys moved to Ontario. The pulp mill in Prince George had set off David’s sister Megan’s allergies, and Don’s entire family settled in Cambridge.By NANCY MACDONALD
DEMOCRACY, GREAT AND terrible as the sea: unknowable, implacable, irresistible, destroyer of parties, deliverer of others, humbler of leaders, elector of bricklayers and assistant pub managers. Tremble before it, and stay out of its path when it moves.By ANDREW COYNE
SHE WORE A tiara borrowed from her new grandmother, and diamond drop earrings, a wedding gift from her beloved parents, and that dress, which so perfectly captured the spirit of the day: a confluence of the modern and the traditional; a sense that the monarchy, the country and the couple were moving forward, with a fond look back.By KEN MACQUEEN
Such is the interest in Julia Child and her devoted husband, Paul, sparked by Nora Ephron’s film Julie & Julia, that a prequel to the couple’s boeuf bourguignon days was inevitable. Now it’s here, sort of, with A Covert Affair, Jennet Conant’s fascinating chronicle of life inside the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during the Second World War and the anti-Communist hysteria that followed.By ANNE KINGSTON
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