For the 14th annual Maclean’s year-end poll, The Strategic Counsel of Toronto questioned 1,400 adult Canadians between Nov. 6 and 11. CBC TV’s The National, taking part in the venture for the third straight year, scheduled programs based on the poll results on Dec. 22 and 23.
As their reward for winning a second majority government, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Finance Minister Paul Martin are given an audience with God, who allows them each one question about the future. “Please,”says Martin, “tell me whether we really can keep our election promises to eliminate the deficit, cut taxes and spend new money on social programs.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
For Reform party Leader Preston Manning, 1997 was a year of triumph. In the June 2 federal election, he led his party to victory in 60 ridings—and to official Opposition status in the House of Commons. His success, however, was tempered by disappointment: Reform failed to win a single seat in Central and Eastern Canada.
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