Suddenly the Liberal leadership race was no longer a personality contest. All it took was one ill-judged remark by the early favorite, John Turner, on a subject that goes to the heart of Canadian nationhood—the emotional and intractable issue of language rights.
Depression’s pervasive and insidious presence in society today is on the increase. One of the ironies of alienation is that as the population increases, so do the lonely. It is frightening to imagine how many thousands of readers must have identified with The agony of depression (Cover, March 19).
The packed bus left Shawinigan, Que., at six o’clock in the morning. Jean Chrétien, the pulp and paper city’s favorite son, was about to declare his candidacy for the Liberal leadership, and the voters he had served for the past 20 years wanted to play a part in the event.By CAROL GOAR6 min
Early in February three retired politicians died—Earl Rowe, James Sinclair and Allister Grosart. They were substantial men when I first got to Ottawa as an MP in 1957. Rowe, a Progressive Conservative, had been elected to the House 12 times.By Douglas Fisher5 min
The deals appeared to promise a period of vitality for Canada's largest real estate developers. First, in early March cash-rich Trizec Corp. of Calgary, the second-largest real estate developer in the country, with $3 billion in assets, announced that it had agreed to buy control of Brama lea Ltd., a Toronto-based developer, for $60 million in cash and a $100-million loan.
The hour’s exposure on prime-time television would have been a prize for a politician of any stripe. But for Jean-Marie Le Pen, the blustering leader of France’s National Front, the guest spot on L'heure de vérité (the hour of truth)—a public affairs show that has featured such illustrious names as President François Mitter-rand—was a coup of far greater significance.By MARCI MCDONALD5 min
It is not surprising that the NDP is getting a new pollster. Pollsters are supposed to produce good numbers, otherwise why have one? The NDP’s numbers have been terrible for months. If you were the NDP you would be shocked by the polls. Your party has been minding its own business, behaving itself, raising the usual questions in the House of Commons.By Charles Gordon5 min
Walter Mondale’s campaign plane had been hurtling across the South all day as the former vice-president chased votes for the upcoming primaries. Between appearances in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Fla., Atlanta, Ga., Muscle Shoals and Birmingham, Ala., two young flight attendants offered Mondale, his staff and the travelling press corps nonstop smiles and trays of wine, cheese and full-course meals.By MICHAEL POSNER4 min
There is a tendency to dismiss Don Johnston, the Westmount Liberal who stepped into his party’s leadership contest earlier this month, as an amiable lightweight. Faced by the formidable challenge of a recycled John Turner and a reborn Jean Chrétien, he has little chance of winning.By Peter C. Newman4 min
One Friday evening 10 years ago, Patricia Campbell Hearst, then a 19-year-old student of art history at the University of California in Berkeley and a granddaughter of the late publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, returned to her apartment.By SPENCER REISS4 min
Ever since the Manitoba language issue exploded into national prominence last September, Frenchand English-speaking Quebecers alike have followed the dispute with grim fascination. Last week that fascination turned into alarm with John Turner’s suggestion that Ottawa should let the provinces settle their own language problems—a proposal that, for different reasons, troubled both of Quebec’s main language groups.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
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