SIR JOHN A. Macdonald and William Lyon Mackenzie King—30 years separated their terms, but the argument over which was Canada’s greatest prime minister continues to this day. Maclean’s invited Allan Levine, author of last year’s King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny, and Richard Gwyn, who wrote 2011’s Nation Maker, the second volume of his two-part biography of Macdonald, to take part in an email debate about which man deserves the title.By RICHARD GWYN, ALLAN LEVINE7 min
Plus, a wintry Montreal murder mystery, the difference between a mere jerk and a full-blown asshole, and how female comedians proved they were funnyBy Brian Bethune, KATE LUNAU, MARTIN PATRIQUIN, JEN CUTTS7 min
Rihanna drives the press corps nuts, Windsor, Ont., wants Stephen Colbert to visit, and Fieri gets into a food fightBy JAIME J. WEINMAN, CHARLIE GILLIS, KEN MACQUEEN, EMILY SENGER, EMMA TEITEL, MIKA REKAI7 min
ACCORDING TO Arabian Business, Hanan Ashrawi is No. 353 on its list of the world’s 500 most powerful Arabs. This is a drop from last year when she was No. 100 but don’t count the lady out. Ashrawi is imperishable, the Middle East’s version of the Unsinkable Molly Brown.By BARBARA AMIEL5 min
Your article “How Obama won” (International, Nov. 19) could have been summed up simply with: “Democrats: ‘Keep Romney out!’ Republicans: ‘Throw Obama out!'” Six billion dollars was spent on a grudge match. The tragedy? Americans got the status quo, with the European financial crisis and the financial cliff on the horizon.
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