OPENING NOTES

Queen Elizabeth gets even, Arnold Schwarzenegger waxes political, and Claire Hoy sharpens his pen

July 29 1991

OPENING NOTES

Queen Elizabeth gets even, Arnold Schwarzenegger waxes political, and Claire Hoy sharpens his pen

July 29 1991

OPENING NOTES

Queen Elizabeth gets even, Arnold Schwarzenegger waxes political, and Claire Hoy sharpens his pen

A DOGGED APPRAISAL

Ottawa Citizen columnist Claire Hoy, known for his acerbic right-wing views as well as his journalism, has signed an agreement with Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd. to write a book about Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells. Hoy is currently basking in the limelight surrounding By Way of Deception, his international best-seller about the Israeli intelligence service, which he co-wrote with Victor Ostrovsky, a former Mossad officer. Hoy told Maclean's that the Wells book was his idea. "I was looking around for another project and not very many politicians were interesting or fresh," he said. "The two that come

to mind are Clyde Wells and Preston Manning, and I think about 850 people are already doing one on Manning." Although Hoy was an outspoken critic of the Meech Lake accord, which Wells helped to kill, he says that his interest in the premier is not just political. "Some of the other premiers hate his guts, and they have said so," said Hoy. "I have always been interested in people who attract strong emotional responses, positive or negative." Hoy claims that Wells has agreed to interviews. But Wells's press aide, Judy Foote, told Maclean's that Wells has not entered any agreement with Hoy. Said Foote: "Mr. Hoy informed Premier Wells that he was considering writing a book, but there was no agreement on an interview." On hearing that response, Hoy said: "If he doesn't want to talk to me, fine. He'll be the loser, not me."

A bitter vintage controversy

The Alberta Liquor Control Board’s decision to license seven new private wine stores has uncorked cries of patronage. Unsuccessful applicants say that they are especially bitter that four of the ALCB’s choices have strong Tory connections. They include Harley Hotchkiss, a Tory supporter and part owner of the Calgary Flames hockey team, and Donald Carlson, a high-profile Edmonton Tory and chairman of Vencap Equities Alberta Ltd. In granting the licences, the liquor board interviewed 63 out of the 103 applicants. Said retired oilman Lawrence Bogdon, past president of the Society of American Wines, who along with two colleagues spent $3,000 on a failed bid: “This is Winegate, an elaborate scheme in advance to make it seem there was legitimate competition. And there wasn’t.” He added: “I seriously am considering going to

the provincial ombudsman to protest this.” But Premier Donald Getty denies that any patronage was involved. And Getty dismissed the continuing controversy. “You’re going to have that,” he said. “It goes with the responsibilities.” The sour grapes of wrath.

NAME THAT VILLAGE

The tiny Philippine village of Sexmoan has finally changed its name. With the full support of President Corazon Aquino, the Philippine congress passed a law that restored the 400-year-old community's name to Sasmuan, which simply means “meeting place.” Local residents blame the early Spanish colonialists for mispronouncing the name—and altering Sasmuan to Sexmoan. As a result, the village suffered through decades of derision. Said Mayor Abelardo Panlaqui: “We were always being held up to public ridicule.” And heavy breathing.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

At a state dinner for G-7 leaders in London last week, President George Bush breached protocol by sitting down before Queen Elizabeth II did. She rewarded him with a disapproving glare. Bush quickly stood— and then formally asked the Queen if he could sit next to her. The British press reported that Her Majesty was “not amused.” Now, the incident has led some commentators to wonder whether there might have been more to it.

The New York Times specu-

lated that the Queen was re-

taliating for her embarrass-

ment during a visit to Washington in May when no one pulled out a box under the White House lectern, leaving the five-foot, four-inch monarch stretching on tiptoe. And in 1983, while visiting America, the Union Jack was flown upside down. But the Queen got her own back in San Francisco by flying the Stars and Stripes upside down when President Ronald Reagan later visited her aboard the royal yacht Britannia.

Reach for the tops

The so-called outing tactics of the militant homosexual group Queer Nation, which publicizes the alleged homosexuality of the rich and famous, have inspired a new group: the Bald Urban Liberation Brigade, or BULB. Saying that it wants “to wrest the toupees from the chrome domes of America's celebrities,'' the New York Citybased group is circulating posters with pictures of actors who wear hairpieces, including Larry Hagman and Ted Danson. BULB also wants the word “bald” sheared from popular usage. The suggested alternative: “follicularly challenged. ”

Snack time

Organizers of last week’s G-7 economic summit in London vaulted the concept of free lunches to new heights—especially for the 4,000 journalists who attended the three-day conference. The media headquarters at the six-floor Queen Eliz-

abeth II Conference

Centre offered re-

porters three free meals a day—as well as all the wine and beer they could consume. And the hordes tucked in. Prue Leith, a British catering firm, originally prepared half a ton of roast beef, 525 lb. of beef ribs, 84 Scottish salmon, .170 lb. of smoked salmon, 40 gallons each of octopus and baby squid, 1,700 chickens, 17,280 eggs, 2,400 pints of strawberries, 454 litres of cream, 650 loaves of bread and 7,000 rolls, muffins pastries and doughnuts, all of which the journalists consumed in only a day and a half. Said catering manager Patrick Harbour: “We literally had to double the quantities on our original shopping list.” British taxpayers will be about $16 million poorer because of the summit, but it was sponsoring companies who donated the food and drink. Anthony Wilson-Smith, who covered the event for Maclean’s, described the spread as “incredibly lavish.” But the bounty seemed to impress the Soviet journalists most of all. Exclaimed one reporter from the official Soviet news agency TASS: “This is more food than all of Moscow sees in a year.”

LIFE AFTER FREE TRADE

Ontario's cross-border shoppers now have a monthly newspaper geared to their bargain-hunting interests. Said Kenneth Magill, editor of the Border Examiner, based in the Buffalo, N.Y., suburb of North Tonawanda: "Let's face it. Canadians come down here in droves. It's about time they had a publication that served their needs." Distributed mainly in southern Ontario, the 25,000-circulation newspaper costs $1 and features articles on cross-border shopping and ads from New York state merchants. But, as it happens, the Border Examiner is printed in St. Catharines, Ont. Acknowledged Magill, who got tendered bids from both Canadian and American printers: "Some things are cheaper in Canada."

EYES ON THE PRIZE

His status as the highest-paid actor in Hollywood is apparently not achievement enough for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Friends say that the muscled role player, who I commanded a salage ry of $17 million to 2 star in the summer |blockbuster I Terminator 2: z Judgment Day, wants to follow in 1 Ronald Reagan’s footsteps—and 8 run for political office. And they

add that the actor, a politically active Republican, has set his sights on becoming the next governor of California. The post would become vacant next year if President George Bush drops Dan Quayle as his running mate for current California Gov. Pete Wilson. Contesting one of two Senate seats from California that will be open in 1992 is another option. Said one acquaintance: “He is telling people that he is getting ready to make his move. He wants more out of life than just money and movie credentials.”