One year ago Canadians elected a new prime minister in an atmosphere alive with expectation. How has the job measured up to Pierre Trudeau’s own expectations? Has it been frustrating? What has he achieved? Does he find Canada impossible to govern? He gives candid answers in response to questions from Maclean’s Editor Charles Templeton.By CHARLES TEMPLETON16 min
LE CAFÉ DES ARTISTES on Dorchester Street is a preity ordinary Montreal bar and restaurant: that is to say, there is nothing at all like it in English Canada. They have a fireplace in there with a log fire going. The food, if you want to eat, is cheap and good.
TO SPLIT OR NOT to split? There comes a lurching moment in all but fairy-tale marriages when divorce suddenly looms as a serious possibility. Somebody finally utters the unforgivable, a door slams once too often, a bed goes unslept in too long.By DOUGLAS MARSHALL13 min
THE THING THAT ALL those cheeseparing MPs don’t understand, and all the Ottawa taxi drivers who make crude jokes about the place as they drive around Confederation Square, and all the wiseacres like John Diefenbaker, who called it a “federal Taj Mahal,” is that the National Arts Centre is a prototypal building, all $46.4 million of it.By ALEXANDER ROSS13 min
With this issue, Maclean’s launches a department of lively comment on national affairs. Tory Dalton Camp, Liberal Keith Davey and New Democrat Laurier LaPierre clash in debate about Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s first year in office. In future issues they’ll take turns presenting their uninhibited opinions on what’s happening to the country
IN Hands Off My Door Knobs! Robert Thomas Allen has put into words for the rest of us the absolutely crazy position the idiots who design our everyday amenities are forcing on us. Instead of improving on what our grandfathers had, they are making everything as complicated and frustrating as possible.
When the idea hit him, Mike Segal remembers, “it was like being fulfilled.” Segal, 21, lives in a North Toronto suburb, attends York University and — more to the point — writes poetry. “I was fed up,” he says, “with readings where 22 poets inflict 22 poems on a bored audience.” Why not, he wondered one day, display my poems on a billboard?
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