The photographers were busy with last-minute equipment checks, and the three public relations executives from Chrysler Corp. were obviously edgy. Their boss, Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca, had granted a rare interview and photo session—with Maclean's at Chrysler headquarters in Detroit last Wednesday morning—and everything had to be right.
As women (single, of course) who watch Peter Mansbridge (oh, sorry, CBC), we were distressed to learn of his pending marriage (Passages, July 11). However, we were perturbed to learn that he was swept away with the romance of wedding “after the next federal election.”
RETURNED: Former infantryman Nikolai Golovin, 25, to his home in the Soviet Union after seeking refuge in Canada with four other Red Army deserters in November, 1986. The five were brought to Canada by federal government officials from Afghanistan where they had been held by rebels fighting Soviet troops.
Every day, they disembark from the packed ferries at Borden and Wood Islands, P.E.I.: parents with their children, singles with their sailboards, pensioners with pets. They are among the tourists who are contributing to a travel boom in many parts of Canada— Tourism Canada says that international visits alone increased to 15 million in 1987 from 13.2 million in 1985.
If God had intended the world to operate in a logical fashion, She would not have created bureaucracies or Canadian chartered banks. What follows is a case of lunacy triumphing over common sense. It is a timely tale considering the fact that our banks have been under the gun, deservedly, for their unfair service charges.
John Turner knew that he was gambling with his political future —and he needed time to think things over. During a two-week vacation in early July at the family cottage on the shores of Lake-of-theWoods, near the Ontario-Manitoba border, Turner spent long hours “chopping wood or just staring out the window,” a friend said later.
Still pondering the consequences of last week’s free trade drama, MPs return to the Commons this week to face what promised to be a heated debate over abortion. Late Friday, after most of them had left Ottawa for their ridings, Deputy House Leader Douglas Lewis tabled a 31-line motion that, if adopted, would make it difficult for women in late-stage pregnancy to obtain an abortion.
Maclean’s: Should the Senate, an appointed body, have the right to obstruct the will of the elected House? Turner: There are precedents for this in Canadian history. Whether I’m right or wrong, Canadians will judge. Look, I wrote a book on the Senate—my university thesis in 1949.
Free trade advocate Michael Walker, executive director of the Fraser Institute, a conservative Vancouver-based think-tank: “It is strange that Turner would do this because it is an election that he cannot win. By telling Liberal senators to blockade the free trade bill, he is bringing the issue of Senate reform out in the open.
It clauses—but was a simple it bill provoked with five an brief anguished parliamentary crisis over Canada’s role in the British Empire. In December, 1912, as war loomed in Europe, Conservative Prime Minister Robert Borden introduced the Naval Aid Bill, calling for an emergency grant of $35 million to build three Dreadnought battleships for Britain’s Royal Navy.
The decision ended a year of furious behind-the-scenes lobbying of members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and airline officials. Last week, Air Canada president Pierre Jeanniot announced that the company would spend $1.8 billion for 34 European-built A-320 Airbus passenger jets to re-equip its aged fleet of mediumrange Boeing 727s.
The images were both shrewd and contradictory. For four nights, the Hollywood producers of last week’s Democratic national convention choreographed their $2.5million extravaganza with all the slickness of a prime-time television variety show.
For a Political party attempting to rekindle its glory days of the early 1960s while luring the youngest of today’s voters to its ranks, the symbolism was perfect. At a fund-raising party during last week’s Democratic national convention, Massachusetts congressman Joseph Kennedy, 35, son of the late senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, put his arm around 31-year-old Martin Luther King III, heir of the slain black civil-rights leader.
The letter, signed by Iranian President Hojatoleslam Ali Khamenei and delivered to United Nations Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, caught the world off guard. Last week, Iran announced that it was willing to accept the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 598, which calls for an end to the eight-year-old Persian Gulf war between Iran and neighboring Iraq that has claimed more than one million lives.
Within hours of Iran’s announcement that it would accept the terms of UN ceasefire Resolution 598, officials in Ottawa last week coincidentally announced that Canada and Iran had agreed to resume full diplomatic relations after an 8½-year rift.
For the millions of Soviet television viewers who watch the nightly news program Vremya (Time), it was a remarkable experience. On the night of July 19, instead of its usual lineup of bland official reports, Vremya broadcast a no-holds-barred debate among the country’s top officials.
The TV commercial is erotic and arresting. In a moonlit bedroom, a sleek young woman slips from beneath the covers and, leaving her mate behind, steals off in their car. With the scene set for infidelity, the next sequence reveals that her purpose is only to enjoy driving the Honda Accord at dawn along a coastal road.
On April 28, the Nissan Motor Corp. ship Nissan Laurel sailed into the Halifax auto port decked out as a floating showroom with 3,500 Japanese-built Nissan automobiles and trucks. Local Nissan dealers set up shop on board, enticing customers with savings of $549 to anyone prepared to buy direct from the ship.
Already facing a looming crisis in overproduction, the auto industry is now confronting a simmering dispute caused by the free trade agreement. If the deal becomes law, the major losers in the industry would be such foreign-based manufacturers as Toyota and Honda, which also build cars in North America.
Even in the 21st century, spinning down the open road on four wheels will likely remain a favorite North American pastime. But experts predict that drivers will no longer have to endure the worst of potholed roads, misadj usted seats or confusing street signs.
Since he became chairman of Detroit-based Chrysler Corp. in 1979, Lee Iacocca, 63, has become North America’s celebrity executive. He has written two books and has spoken widely on his favorite topic—the automobile industry, including the increasing tensions between Japanese and North American carmakers.
Brian Peckford stood in the sweltering heat of a St. John’s hotel ballroom last week, the cocky, combative former outport schoolteacher who, only months before, was contemplating his retirement after nine years as premier of Newfoundland.
British Columbia Lt.-Gov. Robert Rogers has quietly accepted a request by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney that he extend his term from mid-July into September. As a result, there will be an experienced hand at the helm in case there is a constitutional crisis this fall.
The rotund form of CBC TV’S national-affairs correspondent Mike Duffy has become one of the most recognizable figures on Parliament Hill. But last week, Duffy, 42, left the CBC after 14 years to host a new weekly Sunday morning current-affairs program starting in October.
The numbing discovery confirmed the worst fears of the townspeople. As dusk fell on July 17, a search party of six volunteers found the naked body of eight-year-old Erin Burkholder in an abandoned gravel pit on the scrub-covered outskirts of Mount Forest, Ont., 100 km northwest of Toronto.
It is no secret that in his private life, Pablo Picasso was something of a monster. The most famous artist of the 20th century could be, as art critic James Lord wrote in 1964, “perverse, cruel, ruthless, sentimental and promiscuous.” For Greek-born Texas socialite Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington, author of Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, the monster whom the artist most closely resembled was the Minotaur: half man, half bull, sexually predatory, living in a labyrinth and feeding off human flesh.
Ever since the AIDS epidemic reached crisis proportions in the mid-1980s, widespread public education campaigns around the world have increasingly emphasized that— short of abstaining from sex—condom use is the best means of preventing sexual transmission of the fatal disease.
THE DEATH OF METHUSELAH AND OTHER STORIES By Isaac Bashevis Singer
At 84, Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer is the Methuselah of contemporary literature: someone who offers the wisdom of the ages but who—as his 10th and latest story collection reveals— tends to repeat it too. Yet if most offerings in The Death of Methuselah only echo such powerful earlier collections and novels as Gimpel the Fool (1957) and The Manor (1979), half a dozen speak with an enviable authority.
The quiet Nigerian port of Koko is an unlikely place for international controversy. But that West African town of about 1,000 people, located in the swampy Niger River delta, has become the focus of alarm among many environmental scientists.
MIDNIGHT RUN Directed by Martin Brest DIE HARD Directed by John McTiernan
Brian D. Johnson
Now that Hollywood’s studios have rolled out their big guns—from Eddie Murphy to Roger Rabbit—in the battle for the summer box office, along come two unlikely contenders: Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis. De Niro’s Midnight Run and Willis’s Die Hard are a pair of lateblooming action comedies that could be the season’s sleeper hits.
It was 2 a.m. in the hotel bar. The jugglers had gone to bed. But a few stand-up comedians were still sitting around, unwinding from a night's work at Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival, when a slim young man with a Scottish accent offered to show off his act.
1 The Icarus Agenda, Ludlum (1) 2 Zoya, Steel (2) 3 Rock Star, Collins (4) 4 Alaska, Michener (3) 5 The Tommyknockers, King (6) 6 King of the Murgos, Eddings (7) 7 Prelude to Foundation, Asimov (5) 8 People Like Us, Dunne (10) 9 Winter Palace, Jones (9)
This is a statement of love and affection for my fellow scribblers. Journalists, on the whole, are the salt of the earth, God’s children. They are luckier than the Irish, wiser than the Greeks, nobler than the Romans. They have the patience of the Chinese, the charisma of the Swedes.