The sudden fury of democracy was awesome to behold. For the first time in 26 years the Progressive Conservatives under Brian Mulroney commanded a majority of the popular vote in every province of the country and 211 of the 282 Commons seats.By Carol Goar19 min
Many of the 400,000 students who arrived at Canada’s 71 universities last week will not find their first lessons in any textbook. Instead, they face an instant course in the often unpleasant nature of university life itself. Classrooms are critically overcrowded, buildings need repair, laboratory equipment is obsolete, libraries are understocked, faculties are overworked and academic standards have plummeted.By Jane O’Hara11 min
Resembling its neighbor, Hong Kong, more than it does the rest of mainland China, Shenzhen, a city with a fast-rising skyline, brisk consumerism and blue-jeaned youth, is beckoning nervous Hong Kong residents to step across the border. Peking established Shenzhen as a “special economic zone” in 1980, and its thriving economy has become a powerful symbol of China’s desire to keep its doors open to foreign investment at a time when negotiations with Britain on Hong Kong’s future are nearing conclusion.By DANIEL BURSTEIN6 min
"This,” as Sir Wilfrid Laurier declared in 1905 and as Prime Minister-elect Brian Mulroney will discover when he attempts to fulfil the overwhelming mandate he has won, “is a difficult country to govern.” The very elements that make Canadian life unique and so potentially rewarding—the country’s regional, cultural and linguistic differences; its diverse but often conflicting economic spheres; its cherished traditions of freedom and fairness; even its vastness and its harsh climate—frequently confound and occasionally consume politicians assigned to manage the nation’s affairs.By Robert Miller6 min
Montreal lawyer Marcel Danis, a longtime Joe Clark loyalist and aspiring legislator, harbored few illusions about his personal chances for victory when Liberal Leader John Turner announced the election two months ago. Danis, a part-time lecturer at Montreal’s Concordia University, recalled that he told his employers: “Don’t worry.By Anthony Wilson-Smith6 min
As the first grim results trickled in from the East Coast on election night, John Turner declared to the friends and aides gathered in his Vancouver hotel suite, “There will be no crying here tonight.” Then he gave a woman staff member a reassuring hug and began work on the speech that would concede victory to Brian Mulroney.By CAROL GOAR6 min
With the largest caucus in Canadian history to choose from, incoming prime minister Brian Mulroney will unveil a cabinet next week that contains some bright new faces, along with veterans from the Conservative front benches. Among the likely members of the new cabinet: Erik Nielsen: An aggressively partisan and devoutly loyal Conservative, Nielsen, 60, has represented the Yukon in Parliament since 1957.By Mary Janigan5 min
REPLACED: career soldier Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov, 66, as chief of the Soviet Armed Forces General Staff, leading to speculation among Western analysts that there is a Kremlin row over the vast influence the military has acquired. There was also speculation last week that Ogarkov, a follower of the late Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, had taken personal advantage of his heightened prestige, after he held a televised press conference about the Korean airliner disaster that resulted in the loss of 269 lives when a Soviet jet shot down flight 007 on Sept. 1, 1983.
It’s what you always wanted, kid. Congratulations. Your own seat in the House of Commons. Sure, it’s a back bench—that’s the Speaker’s chair way over there, and if you sit up real tall and look down and a bit to the left, you can just see the back of Brian’s head. You’re here; that’s what counts.By Charles Gordon5 min
When the Brian Mulroneys of Manicouagan move into 24 Sussex Drive and the John Turners of Vancouver Quadra take over Stornoway, four different families will have lived in Ottawa’s two leading official residences since 1979. In five-and-a-half years ending with the Conservative leader’s election as party chief in June, 1983, the public works department and private consultants have overseen renovations and redecorating at the two stately homes totalling $365,240.By Terry Hargreaves5 min
When the Supreme Court of Ontario ordered Louis Cohen’s wife, Ruth, to pay him $335 a month in 1970, the diminutive Polishborn tailor became the first man in Canada to win alimony. But after 14 years of legal warfare, 78-year-old Cohen still has not received a single payment.By Ann Finlayson4 min
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