The floor of the sweltering arena where John Napier Turner had just been proclaimed Canada’s next Prime Minister was littered with the placards of battle when the Liberal leader climbed to the podium late Saturday night for his first news conference.
When Olympia & York Developments Ltd. (O&Y), the $13.5-billion Toronto-based real estate empire of Paul and Albert Reichmann, opens a stock market buying campaign, rumors abound and share prices gyrate. Last week the Toronto and Montreal markets were beginning to recover from O&Y’s latest foray: a $180-million purchase of an 18-per-cent stake—13 million shares—in Cadillac Fairview Corp., a rival Toronto-based real estate giant.By James Fleming7 min
The dream endured for at least 20 years, even though for much of that time it seemed impossible to achieve. But now John Turner is leader of the federal Liberal party and in less than two weeks he will become Canada’s 17th Prime Minister. Before he is sworn in on June 30, Turner will have begun to put his personal stamp on the party that chose him to keep it in power.By Mary Janigan6 min
She is a naturally retiring and private woman. But when her husband decided to run for the Liberal leadership, Geills Turner decided to go public. And the forceful 46-year-old former Harvard graduate student ultimately played a visible and effective role in the victorious quest, eventually turning the family home—a sprawling, elegantly furnished red-brick mansion in Toronto’s exclusive Forest Hill district—into a command post.By Ann Finlayson6 min
Of all the Canadians from outside the Liberal party who watched the weekend leadership spectacular, none held as large a personal political stake in the outcome as Martin Brian Mulroney. A year ago the Progressive Conservatives, in the same steamy Ottawa Civic Centre, elevated the Baie Comeau, Que., native to the Tory leadership as Joe Clark’s successor.By Terry Hargreaves6 min
No matter who wins the next federal election, the Prime Minister you elect is not going to be a brilliant man. You might as well get used to that. Canada has been governed by a brilliant man for the past 16 years; after the dust of the election clears, Canada will be governed by a man who is merely smart.By Charles Gordon5 min
Maclean’s: Were there any premonitions of death before your husband's assassination? Sadat: I had them and he was aware of them. The moment he went to Jerusalem [on his peace mission in 1977] I knew that he was going to be killed—this was a fact.
Your feature on D-Day (Operation Overlord, Cover, June 11) shows that only those who lived and fought through the Second World War understand now what it was all about. It was a war against the idea of dictatorship. You talk of “young men who were naïvely full of the romance of warfare. . .”
Artistic director John Hirsch’s choice of Shakespeare’s airy comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an appropriate one to open the 1984 Stratford Festival last week. Romantic fantasy and escapism dominate the season, which also includes the third Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, Iolanthe, in as many years.By Mark Czarnecki5 min
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