Pierre Elliott Trudeau felt that he was losing control of his destiny, and the thought tormented him. Against his will, a country and a press corps hungry for change were forcing him into the role of the faintly pathetic hero of a maudlin farewell drama.
Throughout eight years of corporate exile, the John Turner myth has soothed the Liberals and unsettled the Conservatives. Any time the voters complained about the aloof Pierre Trudeau, the Liberals dreamed of replacing him with the glamorous and politically astute Turner.By Mary Janigan10 min
Pierre Elliott Trudeau dominated Canadian public life as no leader had before. He came to power at the dawn of electronic politics in Canada proclaiming, in the words of a rust orange campaign button, “It’s spring.” His images and his deeds soothed— and often seared—the consciousness of at least three generations of Canadians.By Robert Lewis10 min
It seemed clear that the only thing standing between former vice-president Walter (Fritz) Mondale and the Democratic nomination for president was the calendar. Until last week. With more money, more endorsements and more thorough organization than any other candidate, Mondale had begun what looked like a ceremonial march to the party’s July nominating convention.By Michael Posner7 min
Fourteen years after Ottawa invoked the War Measures Act, controversy still surrounds the October Crisis—perhaps the most contentious single issue of the Trudeau era. At the time, with separatist violence supposedly threatening Canada’s security, a heavy air of unreality hung over Ottawa.By George Bain6 min
Above all, the man could act. The country rarely got a glimpse of the person behind the mask— Pierre Elliott Trudeau. His ability to fascinate Canadians as one public image succeeded another was legendary. But that facility, combined with his steely self-control, hurt him—and those around him—as much as it helped him in his remarkable career.
The near-catastrophic breakdown at the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island, Pa., happened five years ago, but North America’s worst commercial nuclear power accident continues to generate controversy. The cleanup of Three Mile Island’s crippled Unit 2 reactor has already cost $400 million, and authorities expect that figure to reach $1 billion by the time it is finished.By LINDA MCQUAIG5 min
Twenty years ago the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report confirming what had long been suspected: cigarette smoking is significantly more dangerous than fingernail biting or moving one’s lips while reading. The response of the tobacco industry was essentially the same then as now.By Fred Bruning5 min
Your Feb. 20 cover story, The world after Andropov, was a job well-done. The calibre of commentary and reporting was very high. I appreciated, particularly, the opinions of such experts as Zbigniew Brzezinski (The unalterable East-West reality) and Harrison Salisbury (A tragedy of missed opportunities).
When John Turner was 18 years old, he received a telephone call for help. He was in Vancouver. The call came from Lytton, which is at the north end of the worldspectacular Fraser Canyon, carved through the mountains by that mighty river as it drives toward the Pacific.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
After weeks of bitter controversy and legislative turmoil, the contentious proposals died swiftly. It took Manitoba Lt.-Gov. Pearl McGonigal only five minutes last week to prorogue the legislature and consign to history the attempt by Premier Howard Pawley’s New Democratic government to extend language rights to the province’s 50,000 francophones.By ANDREW NIKIFORUK4 min
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