Eight years after he stepped down as prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau is Canada’s most prominent elder statesman and a formidable force in Canadian politics. He is also an unrelenting critic of Quebec nationalism. In the essay below, Trudeau breaks his long silence and denounces the drive for more power for Quebec that led to the current constitutional agreement.
Helmut Schlesinger may hesitate before he tries to help Germany’s neighbors again. Until last week, the dour 68year-old economist, who has been president of Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, since May, 1991, had steadily increased German interest rates in an effort to prevent the high costs of German unification from fuelling inflation in his country.
As he rose to begin his eighth speech of the day, Health Minister Benoît Bouchard was visibly exhausted, his voice strained and hoarse. In earlier appearances before college students and other young Quebecers along Montreal’s south shore, Bouchard’s calls for a “yes” vote in the Oct. 26 referendum on constitutional reform had been met with skepticism and, on occasion, hostility.
When Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister of Canada, federalism as we know it went through a great period of challenge. While we agreed on many things and did so despite our partisan differences, I was always troubled by his dismissive sense with respect to Quebec’s legitimate aspirations.
Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello will soon have to prove that he is a master in the art of self-defence. Accused last month by a special congressional committee of using his office for personal profit, the beleaguered 43-year-old leader is fending off attempts to impeach him.
He was the quintessential home-town boy and during nearly 40 years in the corridors of power, working his undeniable charm on kings, presidents and prime ministers, he was the unabashed buttonholing ambassador for the Ontario automobile city of Windsor.By RAE CORELLI
It was dusk by the time laborers finished loading 291 sacks of cornmeal onto a rickety truck parked on Bardera’s dirt runway. Nearby, the five-man Canadian crew of a Hercules C-130 cargo plane, which flew the relief supplies to the southern Somali town earlier that day from Nairobi, Kenya, worked frantically in the sweltering heat to repair an engine problem before nightfall.
Few images in the 20th century have captured the popular imagination as completely as the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989. As the barbed wire and concrete blocks dividing East and West Germany collapsed and families were tearfully reunited after nearly 30 years of separation, a euphoria spread through Europe and North America.By DEIRDRE McMURDY
Hours before game time in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse, deep beneath the third-base stands at SkyDome, the men who fuel Toronto’s brittle baseball optimism are getting ready to play. Back near the showers is pitcher Juan Guzman, the flame-throwing young star of the pitching staff.By JAMES DEACON, J.D.
Any discussion of American politics in this bleak presidential year might reasonably begin with the instructive saga of Fay Vincent, deposed commissioner of baseball. A hopeless romantic, Vincent felt obliged to keep faith with the fans—to defy pompous owners and imperial athletes, to extol standards of decency and fair play, to proceed as though he were custodian of a precious national trust.By FRED BRUNING
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