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Anthony Wilson-Smith November 27 2000
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Anthony Wilson-Smith November 27 2000

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Anthony Wilson-Smith

Shanda Deziel

@macleans.ca

Over and Under Achievers

It’s almost go time

Last call for election issues! Sing it: Alexa’s got the money, Joe put on a show, the PM says he’s ready . . . to go, go, go!’

Jean Chrétien: Now, here’s an original ploy from PM: vote for him, and he promises to think about quitting. Well, that should get him Paul Martins vote.

Stockwell Day: Acknowledges his belief that God created the world in seven days. On the eighth, He asked Day to change his first name to Doris . . .

^ Alexa McDonough: Denounces corporate donations to other parties, then— whoops!—defends similar donations to provincial NDP wings. NDP moral for óther parties: do as we do, not as we say.

44 J°e Clark: The Comeback Kid continues on a roll. But will it be enough to win him his own seat?

Gilles Duceppe: Has second-mosteffective campaign promise—vote for me ’cuz I can’t form a government.

Now why didn’t the Tories and NDP think of that?

And now... Lloyds election news

Either on radio or from behind the television news desk, broadcaster Lloyd Robertson has guided the country through 47years of elections. Along the way, the CTV anchor has witnessed Canada’s changing political climate, developed a belief in the sanctity of the democratic process and collected some humorous anecdotes. As he prepared to cover his 10th federal election night, Robertson shared some memorable moments with Maclean’s:

“In 1960,1 was anchoring a municipal election in Ottawa and we had a painter who had been painting the set around the clock. When we signed on, he fell off the ladder and crashed onto the floor. What you heard as I was saying, ‘Good evening, welcome to our election broadcast,’ was this crash, bang and shout. He was totally exhausted—he heard us sign on and he wasn’t aware that we were starting.

“In 1974,1 was doing the election at CBC. I was in the anchor chair and the floor director came over and said, ‘I’ve got a piece of news you’d be interested in: the computers have crashed at CTV and they’re listening

to us.’ But other nights were more tense. It wasn’t exacdy an election, but the 1995 Quebec referendum was really stressful. Once you’ve done what I have for a long time—broadcast to the country and been to all corners of it—you get to know it. Its idiosyncrasies and how people think become a part of you. I had the feeling, and some others had the feeling, that maybe it will never be the same again; maybe we were going to lose what we’ve got here; and how would we make that adjustment?

“At the very last federal election in 1997, we called a Liberal majority government fairly early—too early for some people in the room. At one point, the Liberal majority began to fall as they went west. One of our staff said, ‘Don’t worry, they’re going to pick up these seats in B.C.,’ so we stuck with that call and sure enough, they did pick up those seats. But I can tell you our VP lost years off his life in those 45 minutes. We will continue to do projections, but this year we will be very aware of what happened in the United States: everyone will be more cautious.”

Wayne’s World (cont’d)

Back to the future for 2002 Games

When Wayne Gretzky was named to head Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team for the 2002 Games, pundits wondered why the retired Great One would accept a no-win job. There will be terrible pressure in Salt Lake City, since Canada’s players and fans expect nothing less than gold. But Gretzky told Maclean’s Sports Editor James Deacon that while he was devastated by the team’s failure to win a medal in Nagano, Japan, he loved the 1998 Olympic experience when, for two weeks, a bunch of millionaire hockey players got to play for nothing more than pride.

“Being part of the Olympics and meeting athletes in other sports, it took me back to my youth. It was like being billeted with a family, playing weekend tournaments where every game is a pressure game. The hockey players loved the athletes’ village. We had great food, and a common room with a TV that had the Canadian feed. So when we weren’t practising, guys were always in that room with other athletes, watching figure skating or curling or skiing, cheering on our teammates. I’m not going to tell players they can’t stay in a hotel. But I think it would be a major mistake if we didn’t stay in the athletes’ village. We have only one practice before the first game, so we need to build unity quickly. It’s imperative I that our guys latch on to the whole Olympic I thing. Were not just going there to play in a I tournament. It’s being part of something á bigger. With hockey, we went from thinking The Great One: an we would never lose, to wondering if we can Olympic gold medal is one ever win a gold medal again. I’m here because of the few honours he lacks I really believe that we can win.”

Overbites

“Didn’t we grow up. .. eating Campbell’s soup? M’mlM’m! Good! ”

-ABC television journalist Barbara Walters takes part in a paid ad promotion on The View, a show she produces. Campbell Soup Co. was assured the show’s hosts would weave a soup message into regular on-air chats

“We’re willing to plug shamelessly, but we have limits. The integrity of the show has to be maintained.” -Walters’ co-executive producer,

Bill Geddie, discusses the arrangement

“They are in a conflict of interest because [police officers] are probably getting free doughnuts. They do it a lot.”

-Ernest Guiste, lawyer for Charlene Walsh, 23, ofToronto, discusses his client's $23-million lawsuit against the Toronto Police Service, two officers, and Tim Hortons doughnuts. She was fired by Tim Hortons after being accused of diverting money from the cash register into her tip cup. She alleges the police are not impartial

“I don’t think most police officers eat doughnuts. It’s the coffee, it’s the caffeine, and coffee shops are open 24 hours.”

-Toronto Const. Jack Ritchie explains why cops frequent doughnut shops