SUING: Former Ottawa lobbyist Frank Moores, 63, for $35 million in damages from the CBC for its broadcasts on the so-called Airbus affair; in Toronto. The former Newfoundland premier claims the public affairs program the fifth estate wrongly accused him of “dishonest, corrupt and illegal” conduct in connection with Air Canada’s $1.8-billion purchase of 34 Airbus jets between 1988 and 1991.
Your article on the Speaker of the House of Commons, Gilbert Parent, was effective in portraying a politician as a human being (“In the hot seat,” Canada, Feb. 19). At this time, the House needs a “referee” who will allow the passions of speech to flow freely, but have the patience and humor to not allow the debate to become more personal in the House than it has become outside it.
It was not an auspicious beginning for the new $2 coin. Speculation about which nickname would catch on for the bi-metal coin with the Queen on one side and a polar bear on the other started even before it went into circulation last week. Toonie, twoony, deuce, doozie, doubloon, bear buck, bear back, and U.S. dollar were all gleefully tossed about.By BARBARA WICKENS5 min
It is the morning after his convincing win in Newfoundland’s general election and, at first, Brian Tobin insists that he is too tired to speak at length to a battery of journalists who have questions about his plans for the province. But within a few minutes, he gathers steam and begins to hold forth on issues that range from the adaptability of Newfoundlanders to the nature of Confederation as the country nears the end of the millennium.By MERLE MacISAAC5 min
Maclean’s: How do you feel? Tobin: I’m tired, but I have a great sense of satisfaction. It’s a good, strong working majority government and, I believe, an effective opposition. The whole system is well served. Maclean’s: What is your most pressing priority?
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