I wish to set the record straight concerning your article “The tastes of the Mulroney family,” (Canada, April 27). The directors of PC Canada Fund were in fact fully aware of and approved the “arrangement” between the Prime Minister and PC Canada Fund. It is not true that Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife, Mila, spent “$313,000 in Conservative party donations to renovate and redecorate their official residences.” The other figures quoted in the article are also erroneous.
-W. DAVID ANGUS, Chairman/President, PC Canada Fund, Montreal
Building on basics
As one of the tens of thousands of Canadians whose careers depend directly or indirectly on the mining industry, I am offended by the comments made by the “senior federal government official” (“The future now,” Cover, April 20) who said that extracting minerals from the ground “doesn’t take a lot of brains and scientific talent.” The fact is, mining companies are innovating like they’ve never innovated before. They have to, to stay competitive. This expertise should not be trivialized by important magazines such as your own. Sorry, but natural resources are what made this country what it is, and as long as we are alive they will be what makes this country tick. If you want to talk about the future, talk about how new technology is enhancing our resource industries.
-PATRICK WHITEWAY, Toronto
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One God indeed
In your article “An unholy prayer fight,” (Canada, April 13), Prayer Canada President Arne Bryan, when asked if Jews would be welcome at the weekly prayer meetings in the B.C. legislature, is quoted as saying: “No. They’ll have to find their own room. There’s only one God.” Jesus Christ, a Jew, would not be allowed at Prayer Canada meetings! God must have a sense of humor!
-KATHLEEN POWELL, Vancouver
I must comment on the remark made by Arne Bryan about the now-defunct prayer room in the B.C. legislature. I have news for Bryan. Not only do Jews recite a prayer every day that contains the line, “The Lord is our God, the Lord is One,” but for 3,000 years Jews have only worshipped the one invisible, infinite God of the universe.
-JOAN STUCHNER, Vancouver
French in Ontario
Your article “Peering into the soul of French Canada” (Theatre, April 13) was of particular interest. It is somehow fitting and ironic that Michel Tremblay, one of Quebec’s foremost writers, should be pictured in a national magazine wearing the logo of Ontario’s oldest literary francophone publisher, Prise de Parole. Since 1972 Prise de Parole has published Franco-Ontarian poets, novelists and playwrights. In 1978 the black-and-white pen became our logo. The subtlety of this image is not lost on those of us who have chosen to live in French in Ontario.
-ANITA BRUNET-LAMARCHE, Administrator, Prise de Parole, Sudbury, Ont.
Our islands in the sun
Your article on the Turks and Caicos Islands (“Canada’s fantasy islands,” Canada, March 30) suggests that Canadian interest began in 1974. In fact, following a visit to Canada by one of the Turks and Caicos ministers, I led a fivemember parliamentary delegation to the islands in 1973. Our reception was warm and Canada’s prestige very high. It is to be hoped that these sentiments will again be found among the islands’ elected representatives. I still believe in union so long as the islanders desire it. Our replacement of Britain as the colonial motherland would be quite another thing, in my opinion.
-SENATOR HEATH MACQUARRIE, Ottawa
What about the Winter Games?
I have checked my Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9 issues of Maclean's in vain for any article or even a mention of the Canada Winter Games in Cape Breton this February. I did find two articles on the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary (“Preparing for snowless slopes,” March 2, “Skating into skiing’s future,” March 9) and then came a cover story (“The gold rush,” March 23) about an event taking place one year from now. As the national magazine of Canada, your coverage seems a tad strange to me. —GEORGE M. STONES, Aspy Bay, N.S.
A bed of our own making
It is discouraging and disheartening to read such items as “Budgeting for Canadian babies,” by Dian Cohen in the March 30 issue. Those so fervently in favor of government funding for the care of children via day care are kidding themselves. Taxpayers fund government programs, and I am opposed to government intervention to the degrees envisaged in what is properly a parental and family responsibility. In this day and age, conceiving children is very much a conscious choice. Parents, married couples and singles who anticipate state day care support of their children ought not to be surprised if in future the state becomes involved in determining their fitness to become or remain parents. It is time that those who find themselves in a bed of their own making be required to sleep in it. Having, with a supportive wife, managed to raise five children without the aid of day care, we are not prepared in our older years to be taxed to support another expanded state system. It took hard work and scrimping to get to where we are now, and we would appreciate some opportunity to enjoy our future, which will now include our spoiling our grandchildren a little, not the state. -ARCHIE BEARE,
Regarding “Hellfire, brimstone—and a TV scandal” (Religion, April 6), if there is a God in heaven, She is probably on vacation. Maybe now the millions will rethink who they are going to shower their hard-earned money upon to absolve themselves from themselves.
-MENDELSON JOE, Toronto
A welcome relief in commercials
Thank you Stewart MacLeod for a hilarious guest column on Canadian committee stupidity (“A different way of saying it,” March 30). I wonder how many members of the Telecaster Committee of Canada watch those Friday-night movies on Quebec’s Quatre Saisons network. What I don’t understand is, if Canadians can stomach (or rather have to stomach) commercials about jockitch problems, hemorrhoids and sanitary napkins, wouldn’t commercials about condoms — oops, the C-word — be a welcome relief? —HEIDI STOFA,
Taxing Crown profits
“Rebellion in the West” (Canada, March 30) stated that Crown corporations don’t pay income tax. That may be the case with some, but it is inaccurate and unfair to include corporations like Air Canada in that category. The airline’s annual reports clearly show millions of dollars paid to Revenue Canada whenever the year’s operations have resulted in a profit. It would help if Maclean's took more care to eliminate misinformation contributing toward criticism of enterprises that are indeed owned by Canadians and of which, by their performance record, Canadians should be proud.
-ROY B. McCORMACK
Remembering better times
The obituaries of two musicians (Cliff McKay and Buddy Rich) in your Passages column (April 13) are a sad commentary on what Maclean's deems noteworthy about their long and productive lives. Instead of celebrating the joy and contributions they both made, you prefer to include minor unpleasant episodes that occurred years ago. Their immediate families, friends and fans will know how many people enjoyed their music and remember them with great affection.
-MARGARET E. McCONNELL Toronto
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