The letter to Tory MP Heward Grafftey was impassioned and to the point: “Abolish capital punishment and I hope you and your loved ones are the victims of these selfsame killers you are protecting.” That message from a Quebec voter last month and similar letters to other opponents of the death penalty left Canada’s parliamentarians with no doubts about the intensity of a swing back to the retentionist mood of the 1950s, when seven in 10 Canadians favored execution for murder.By ROBERT LEWIS6 min
There are great moments in human theater that deserve to be enshrined on film. Unfortunately for future historians, the documentary cameras of the National Film Board are not yet allowed into the fusty confines of the British Columbia Legislature where bored lawmakers, leaning backward in their yawns, can feast their eyes on the frieze of well endowed plaster nudes that decorates the upper reaches of the chamber.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
When the Liberals inaugurated Pierre Trudeau in 1968, the new Prime Minister saw the beginning of“a series of decades in Canada where politics will be a different kind of game.” Just how different has become clear in Trudeau’s first eight years in office—a milestone or millstone, depending on the beholder, that will be reached on April 20. In large part, the new game is played by the rule: say one thing—do the other.By Robert Lewis5 min
While my view of Maclean’s is a little jaundiced since the axing of Time Canada, I would like to recognize that Ian Urquhart and Michael Enright provided a better account of the PC leadership convention (March 8) than others I have read. Other commentators seemed unable to escape superficial labels and their own desire to interpret events in terms of (eagerly awaited) ideological and racial divisions in order to see common ground between Clark and Stevens.
A year into Chilean president Salvador Allende’s late, lamented “revolution in democracy,” Allende’s friend Fidel Castro came to have a look. After a 25-day visit that exhausted his hosts, he told Chileans it would be slow work. The installation of socialism would take 50 years, maybe more.By GLEN ALLEN4 min
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