The meeting was hastily planned, poorly attended and, as most participants agreed, amounted to a simple exercise in public posturing. When federal Finance Minister Marc Lalonde gathered with his provincial counterparts—or their stand-ins—for a one-day meeting on the economy in Montreal last week, little of substance was discussed.
The timing could hardly be more appropriate. With the federal government expected to introduce its long-awaited competition bill next fall, a recent rash of corporate mergers threatens to reduce further the ever-dwindling level of competition in the Canadian marketplace.By Linda McQuaig8 min
Restraint. In political and economic circles throughout the Western world, it has become the new buzzword of the 1980s. Margaret Thatcher’s resounding victory at the polls in Britain last month flowed out of a resolute program of restraint.By Anthony Whittingham6 min
Working furiously to meet an Aug. 1 deadline, staff members at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington are preparing what one official there terms “the last word” on acid rain and what the Americans should do about it.
Bravo to Maclean’s for its fine coverage of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Poland (The Pope’s Polish odyssey, World, June 27). Almost every other news medium has insisted on reading all sorts of things into the Pope’s remarks. That is why the Maclean’s report on the Pope’s visit was a refreshing, honest change.
There was much to celebrate, much to ponder as the cabinet met to consider Phase 2 of its master plan for Canadian economic recovery. Actually, this was Phase 2 of Phase 8 of an earlier program for economic recovery, but no one in the cabinet had been there long enough to remember.By Charles Gordon5 min
In Nashville it was merit pay for teachers. In Shawnee, Kan., it was federal interference in a state jurisdiction. And last week in Los Angeles, it was the need to strengthen school curricula. For the past month President Ronald Reagan has delivered more speeches on education than he has on the crisis in Central America or on any other topic.
This scenario, a quick sketch of the hit movie WarGames, reflects the reality of adolescent roles more accurately than Canadians might assume. At home, at school and even at camp, the revolution in computer education appears to be encoded with old-fashioned sexual stereotypes.By Brian D. Johnson5 min
It was, by all accounts, a blunt exchange. On one side of the Kremlin meeting room West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl explained why his country would begin deployment of new theatre nuclear weapons in December if arms control talks in Geneva fail to produce an accord.By Michael Posner4 min
The most pitiful thing in the world to see is a city that is embarrassed. Wounded civic pride is painful to behold. Chagrined city fathers gnash their teeth and rend their bosoms in public, issuing little bleats of guilt, filling the gutters with their tears.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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