John Turner staged an almost flawless entrance back into public life last week. He flew to Ottawa from Toronto, spent the night in a posh suite in the Chateau Laurier hotel, breakfasted alone on tea and a poached egg, and called his wife, Geills, who is on holiday with their children at an undisclosed ski resort.
The dollar was falling, and interest rates were climbing. But Finance Minister Marc Lalonde was determined to maintain his equilibrium. As economists and Opposition party critics warned that Canada’s uncertain recovery was threatened, Lalonde dismissed their forbidding predictions and exuded confidence over the economy’s prospects.
The crowd was large, and the candidate was jubilant. The race for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination, former vice-president Walter Mondale said, would be determined by one question. Then a well-lubricated voice from the floor of his Super Tuesday victory celebration shouted, “Where’s the beef?”By Michael Posner8 min
John Turner’s impressive entry into the Liberal leadership race last week, trailing endorsements from nine cabinet ministers, was an intimidating challenge to his rivals for the prime minister’s job. While the Turner forces were assembling, Energy Minister Jean Chrétien—widely believed to be Turner’s strongest opponent—spent two difficult weeks trying to decide whether he should run in the face of weakening support.
On April 1, the government of Canada will begin an annual ritual. The objective of the federal ritual: to spend $98 billion before midnight on Mar. 31,1985. Of course, the government has at its disposal 260,000 civil servants and 282 elected politicians to accomplish that seemingly formidable task.By Dian Cohen5 min
The 750 full-time residents of North Hatley, Que., discovered five years ago that Egyptian businessman Saad Gabr had discreetly bought up half of the prime commercial property in their tranquil resort village in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, 160 km east of Montreal.By Anthony Wilson-Smith5 min
It was a typical suburban scene, except for the location: early morning sunshine, a quiet residential street, a father driving his daughter to school in the family’s green Toyota. But the suburb was El Hogar, on the northern outskirts of San Salvador.
When New Democratic Party Premier Howard Pawley adjourned the Manitoba legislature last month, he signalled that he was abandoning his controversial attempt to pass a law extending language rights to the province’s francophones. Pawley’s retreat—in the face of fierce opposition—on the proposed language law increased the flood of legal and constitutional challenges to the province’s existing English-language legislation.By ANDREW NIKIFORUK4 min
How do the Liberals buy votes with your money? Let us count the ways.... In February of 1983 there was the incorporation in Toronto of something that called itself the Canadian Alliance for Italian Integration and Culture. The address was Suite 300, 295 College St. in that city.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Wynton Marsalis walks onstage with the measured poise of a chartered accountant, conservatively dressed in a charcoal-grey suit. Then he raises his golden trumpet to his lips and begins breathing a series of quiet, low notes, which soon tumble through clear, bright passages into bluesy growls and slurs.
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