Congratulations on having the courage to resist censoring the seething exchange between Clyde Wells and Robert Bourassa at the bargaining table (“On the Rock,” Cover, June 18). Not often do I support profanity in a magazine such as Maclean’s, but in this case the language was neither offensive nor gratuitous. Not quoting the dialogue would have failed to capture the essence of the moment.
Peter Shortall, Regina
There is a lot of discussion regarding what kind of Canada we want. I want, among other things, a Canada where our national weekly newsmagazine does not print four-letter words.
James Nelson, Vancouver
My granddaughter brought to my attention the exchange between Bourassa (no gentleman) and Wells (likewise) reported in “On the Rock.” I expect Maclean’s needs to publish it as it is, but because these two persons act like ignorant fools, too bad you had to print it.
C. Harvey Jay, London, Ont.
I usually enjoy reading Maclean ’s from cover to cover, but that enjoyment quickly went by the wayside with “On the Rock.” Why is it necessary to print the expletives used by our leaders? Good reporting includes the facts, but need it record that which was once relegated to the locker room? There are many other words that could easily be substituted for the current fascination with four-letter interjections.
DEFROSTING A COLD WARNING
It never ceases to amaze me how often Nikita Khrushchev’s “we will bury you” is taken out of context (“In from the Cold War,” Special Report, June 4). Khrushchev merely suggested that Soviet socialism would outdistance American capitalism over time, and that he and his party would attend the funeral.
Todd-Jeffrey Weiler, Ottawa
A CANADIAN PRESENCE
The article “Bay Street gloom” (Business, July 2) included a number of references to Merrill Lynch Canada which were grossly inaccurate and misleading to your readers. You refer to “the earlier departure of Merrill Lynch.” In fact, Merrill Lynch has not departed
from Canada. Merrill Lynch Canada has only sold its retail brokerage operation. It still operates all of its other businesses, including corporate and government finance, equity sales and trading, fixed income, money-market and equi-
ty research. With a staff of 275 people, Merrill Lynch Canada continues to operate with a large presence in Canada, with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Rather than failing to compete successfully, as you state, we have instead refocused our efforts so that we can provide Canadian clients with better access to the worldwide services of Merrill Lynch.
Robert Grandy, Vice Chairman, Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., Toronto
Diane Francis’s column “Let the battle for cheaper calls begin” Gone 18) depresses me. All I know about telephone systems is what I have experienced trying to place calls in Britain, in Europe and in the Caribbean, and it has always been a relief to get back to a telephone network that works. Now, these yahoos are approaching the only thing in the country that still works, and they want to fix it.
Oliver Stevens, Manitowaning, Ont.
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