When Claude Ryan announced in early January that he would seek the leadership of the Quebec Liberal party, he was not so much entering public life as leaving one public position and running for another. As publisher of the influential daily Le Devoir, he had been an important political voice in Quebec for 14 years.
To some, GATT is the kind of household name that wouldn’t be a name even in its own house. But the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade is the rule book for international commerce, and the horse-trading and number-crunching that has been under way for five years may hit Canadian workers hard.
In the article, God Bless America (May 15), Maclean’s comments on my April visit to Washington: “His request—made through the Canadian embassy—for a high-level welcome was refused, but the state department offered to let him see Canadian Desk director John Rouse . . .
If you want to know why this country is in trouble you must know that one night recently, over a quantity of gin, I was sitting around a kitchen table with a senior minister in the Liberal cabinet—this happened to be in the midst of the Stanley Cup annual fisticuffs—who professed not to know who Guy Lafleur is.
There’s a wistfully nostalgic tinge to the remarks that almost cost the head of Ontario’s Commission on Declining Enrolments his job last month. Sixty-eight-year-old educational statistician Robert Jackson has had a hand in all but one of the major Ontario government reports on education over the past 30 years.
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