I wonder if Canadians understand the magnitude and implication of the Liberal deception (“Promises, promises,” Canada Cover, May 6). They premeditated an election strategy based on the removal of the GST, understanding in their hearts they could never keep this promise.
Perched on the edge of a chair in his Toronto hotel room, Christopher Ondaatje is talking fast. He switches topics in mid-sentence, asks a question and answers it in the same breath. If he could bottle his enthusiasm and sell it, he would be even richer than he is.By JOHN BEMROSE
Americans have a healthy disrespect for governments. Canadians used to vest their trust in the state, but the country is changing. like our American cousins, Canadians are realizing that the state has very few answers and has become far too intrusive and expensive.By Diane Francis
NOYA SCOTIA PULLS OUT Nova Scotia Health Minister Ron Stewart announced that the province will pull out of the court action against the Krever inquiry into Canada’s tainted-blood scandal. Stewart made the announcement after three former Nova Scotia health ministers also said they were withdrawing from the case.
RUSSIA'S LIBERAL HOPES Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s main libera! rival raised hopes of an alliance between the two to counter popular Communist Leader Gennady Zyuganov in the June 16 presidential election. Economist Grigory Yavlinsky hinted he might enter a deal with Yeltsin in exchange for the post of prime minister and other concessions.
Even without the timing, comparisons were inevitable. Only two days after Ontario Premier Mike Harris’s Conservative government unveiled its first budget last week, Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard’s Parti Québécois administration did the same.By BARRY CAME
The purple lettering on their white T-shirts says it all: ‘Take a stand.” And while the subject of their interactive workshops may sound disturbing, their approach is decidedly positive and upbeat. Since 1994, a group of eight young British Columbians, calling themselves 841-KOZ, have travelled across the province to promote one cause: the prevention of youth violence.By SCOTT STEELE
FICTION 1. The Tenth Insight, James Redfield (1) 2. The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield (3) 3. The Debt to Pleasure, John Lanchester (2) 4. In the Presence of the Enemy, Elizabeth George 5. Cross Channel, Julian Barnes 6. The Reconstruction, Claudia Casper (7)
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