The New Democrats have always wanted to be loved for the enemies they make. Their past leaders and those of their precursor, the CCF—Woodsworth, Coldwell, Douglas and Lewis—have taken on the image of secular saints, determined to be the conscience of the country if not necessarily to govern it.By Peter C. Newman4 min
It was the kind of news that airline passengers dread. On April 13 Eastern Air Lines Inc. faced a possible fine of more than $1 million for safety violations discovered during an inspection the previous fall by the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. airline safety regulator.By PATRICIA CHISHOLM4 min
Whether they like it or not, Australians are stuck with the macho Crocodile Dundee image. On the eve of Expo 88, as they swagger through their yearlong celebration marking the 200 years since the convict-laden British First Fleet established its South Pacific gulag in 1788 on the shores of what is now Sydney Harbor, the wiry face and steely sinews of actor Paul Hogan present the nation to the rest of the world in films, tourist promotions and beer commercials on TV.By JOHN HOWSE11 min
Politicians have learned painful lessons in the past about the risks involved when government ministers who are appointed without parliamentary seats then try to get elected. Pierre Juneau, now CBC president, was soundly defeated in 1975 when he ran in a working-class Montreal riding after being appointed communications minister by then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
It was a typical move by a man who likes to call himself a long-distance runner. The polls had not yet closed in last week’s tumultuous New York primary. But even before that state’s voters handed him a stunning lead in the Democratic presidential race—outdistancing Jesse Jackson by 51 per cent to 37 per cent—Massachusetts Gov.By MARCI McDONALD7 min
It began with six U.S. warships shelling two Iranian oil platforms in the southern Persian Gulf in retaliation for Tehran’s alleged mining of international waters. But before the shooting was over last Monday, U.S. and Iranian forces had fought a fierce naval battle across 400 miles of the Gulf—and the Iranians had suffered by far the most.
Many Australians claim that their country leads the world in its obsession with sports and other recreational activities. And they can point to Expo 88—the World Exposition that Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to open in Brisbane on April 30—as the latest proof of that national pursuit.By JOHN HOWSE4 min
Australian press baron Rupert Murdoch learned the intricacies of the newspaper business early. His father, Sir Keith Murdoch, a noted First World War correspondent who organized Australia’s first beauty contest, eventually became managing director of what was then the country’s largest newspaper group, the Melbourne-based Herald and Weekly Times, Ltd.
The verdict was stark and unequivocal. On the final day of a 14-month trial that had rivetted the attention of the Israeli public—and inflamed passions in the outside world —presiding Judge Dov Levin leaned forward in a Jerusalem courtroom.
The champagne was on hand, the dinner jackets cleaned and the sheet music for O Canada was ready for the U.S. Marine Corps band. All the customary trappings of a meeting between heads of government were being readied for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s arrival in Washington on April 26 for talks with President Ronald Reagan.
For millions of North Americans, Australia used to be little more than a pink-colored land mass in grade school geography textbooks. But in 1984 Paul Hogan became a human embodiment of the easygoing life Down Under. On Australian Tourist Board TV commercials appearing in North America, the genial fellow with the blue eyes and the wispy blond hair promised to “slip an extra shrimp on the barbie” for anyone who came to visit his homeland.By ANNE GREGOR4 min
In “Storm over Meech Lake” (Canada, April 11) you state that “the Conservative majority has the power to pass the Meech Lake amendments to the 1982 Constitution Act.” Meech Lake comprises 16 amendments. The first eight, in fact, amend the 1867 Constitution Act, not the 1982 act.
Even in the era of glasnost, Western reporters trying to judge who is up and who is down at the Kremlin are often reduced to the political equivalent of reading tea leaves. Last week provided a classic case in point. For months rumors had been flying of a major feud between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Yegor Ligachev, the Communist party’s ideological chief and number 2 man.
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