René Lévesque is a known quantity, but what of the people around him? Among other things, they’re bright, well-versed in government, and more fluently bilingual than the federalist ministers they replaced
Beset by political problems and hemmed in by a hectic schedule, Pierre Elliott Trudeau has been hard put of late to find time for the kind of lengthy, in-depth interviews that best reveal the direction of his thinking. He made an exception in November for Jean Paré, editor-in-chief of Maclean’s French-language sister publication L’actualité.
Like a debutante who has strayed into an abattoir, Canada finds herself in this new year face to face with some harsh new realities. During most of our brief existence as a nation we were all but exempt from the terrors of modern history, a lucky people inhabiting a wonderful hunk of geography.
Last fall, Finance Minister Donald Macdonald and the government were solidly battered over the wage-price control program. Labor had its day of protest, business took out full-page newspaper advertisements to denounce the program, and economists of all stripes called for a quick end to controls.
“Hope is a pleasant acquaintance,” wrote the Nova Scotia wit, Thomas Haliburton, “but an unsafe friend.” Citizens of Atlantic Canada are given to gloomy utterances, and recent events have given them something to grumble about; as 1977 opens, the area is permeated by brooding fears of economic collapse and isolation, the one foretold by business figures, the other by the possible separation of Quebec.
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