The bus carrying the participants from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport arrived at The Briars late on a humid Friday afternoon. The group was greeted at a reception held in an elegant Victorian-style pagoda, complete with white columns and gingerbread trim—an oddly serene country setting for the sobering topic the group had been gathered to address.By MARY NEMETH17 min
No laughing matter The illustration on the cover of your Sept. 13 issue (“Ready, set, go!”) of the five prime ministerial candidates is expressly appropriate: why are these people not smiling? Robert Nemeth, Calgary Yes, Canadians are grumpy about the election.
They came from all parts of the nation, with different ideas and backgrounds. The 12 citizens in the Maclean’s/CTVdeficit dialogue TOUGH were a determined group whose views were CHOICES shaped by their individual histories.By JULIE CAZZIN5 min
Marc Porter is an undecided voter—but he is decidedly unimpressed with the two major federal parties. An executive with a Halifax-based insurance company, Porter believes that Liberal Leader Jean Chrétien “is dreaming” when he promises to bring bring back the “good old days” of low unemployment.By MARY JANIGAN5 min
We are ordinary Canadians, brought together for the weekend of Aug. 20 to 22,1993, by Maclean’s and CTV to discuss the deficit situation in the federal economy. We are convinced that this deficit and the national debt, which is the accumulation of past deficits, is a major problem in our country.
Canadians are like shareholders in a gigantic $700-billion-a-year conglomerate. On Oct. 25, they will once again have an opportunity to choose their next chairman and board of directors. Unfortunately, Canada Inc. is a company with great assets but too many debts.By DIANE FRANCIS5 min
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