How fitting that the true natives in Canada, the only true distinct society, should, by their actions in Manitoba, attempt to save this country from further bitter divisions (“Uncertain futures,” Cover, July 2). They were working to save this country from a Prime Minister and seven premiers without the guts and insight to stand up for Canada as a single society composed of diverse groups. Elijah Harper is a brave and true Canadian.
Muiriel MacLeod, Sudbury, Ont.
A VETO FOR SENATE REFORM
Your editorial illustrated clearly the central Canadian view of the accord as a means to solidify the status quo (“Beyond Meech Lake,” July 2). Out here in the hinterlands, we view the “common mission” referred to as our permanent subjugation, and Ontario Premier David Peterson’s “distinction” as blatant political cynicism. Giving the veto to all provinces spells death to any meaningful Senate reform through diminution of Ontario and Quebec’s control through population. They would use the veto during the coming years’ discussions, and then, in 1995, our “friends” in Ontario would give the have-nots six of their senators—a useless commodity now and then. Thanks.
Anthony Mason, Calgary
LIFE BEYOND POLLS
Apparently, Canada-U.S. relations must be incredibly interesting. That is the only reason I can find to support your devoting another annual issue entirely to relations between the two countries (“Portrait of two nations,” Special Report, June 25). I say this is only “apparently” true because I barely made it past your index. Silly me, I have always thought that there is life beyond opinion polls and the United States.
Richard Roik, Welland, Ont.
CALLING MULRONEY’S BLUFF
In Foth’s column on leadership (“Someone has to take the lead,” June 18), he neglected to point out that Mulroney was a labor negotiator on the side of big business, always with the bluff in hand: “Settle or we close the plant.” He did it at Schefferville in Quebec. This time, his bluff is called. Someone else will have to keep the plant operating.
John Holmes, St. John ’s, Nfld.
In the event of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan (“A threat of nuclear war,” World, June 11), Canadians will have to bear a
large measure of responsibility for the consequences. The only customers for the nuclear industry’s product will continue to be regimes out to make nuclear weapons. No one else wants their white elephant technology. The nuclear industry can try to convince Canadians about the joys of nuclear, but it’s harder to explain to foreign customers about reactors operating at levels well below expectations.
Julian Zuckerbrot, Toronto
I was surprised and somewhat dismayed to read the inaccurate item in your July 2 issue (“New life for a coroner?” Opening Notes), intimating that the Wojeck CBC TV movie may be cancelled. Even as your item appears, the line producer is getting down to work with a new writer on revising the unshot portion of the story and pre-production plans are getting under way.
Creative Head, Movies and Mini-series, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,
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