It marked a turning point in Canada’s relationship with Cuba, but Margaret Trudeau remembers the groundbreaking trip as one in which a dictator melted at the sight of her young baby.
In some of the photos of Pierre Trudeau’s closely followed 1976 trip to Cuba with Margaret and four-month-old Michel, Fidel Castro had a telltale stain on the front of his uniform, she remembers with a laugh.
She remembers Castro during that visit as a “very warm and charming man — I enjoyed him.”
I'm sure you did. I wonder if anyone remembers Augusto Pinochet with the same fondness. In the article the former Mrs Trudeau does acknowledge that the country had "a lot of human rights issues." That would be putting it very mildly.
In 2013, Goldman and his wife bought a home in Malvern, Pennsylvania. They continued to use the New Jersey home as their primary residence and as the storage space for their ample wine collection.
Why? Maybe work or family commitments dictated they remain in New Jersey. Maybe moving thousands of bottles of wine is costly. Or maybe it's that Pennsylvania famously boasts many idiotic, counterintuitive, and completely unnecessary alcohol laws.
The state of Pennsylvania wants to destroy a $160,000 worth of wine. The lowest rung of hell isn't good enough for them.
When exactly did Preston Manning become the Éminence grise of the Canadian Right?
The “good idea” the commission seeks to advance – and that I wholeheartedly support – is that for any economic activity, especially the production of energy, we should identify its negative environmental impacts, devise measures to avoid, mitigate or adapt to those impacts, and include the costs of those measures in the price of the product. It’s the idea behind using carbon pricing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water pricing to conserve water, garbage pricing to deal with waste, and road pricing to reduce traffic congestion.
If that knife in the shoulder blades didn't sting, now we have word of this:
“The vast majority of Wildrose caucus members look at him with a great deal of affection, as someone who is a statesman, a man of impeccable integrity, and someone we care a great deal about,” he said.
Mr. Manning swayed several MLAs, likely enough to encourage the nine to walk out of their party as a bloc, according to Mr. Anderson (although others in the room remain skeptical of his true impact).
“Even going into that final discussion, many had not made up their minds. If only three or four decided to go, I don’t think it would have happened,” Mr. Anderson said.
Say it ain't so Preston, say it ain't so.
When Brian Mulroney did stuff like this we would all kind of shrug. He was a man destined for the Establishment the second he escaped from Baie Comeau. Preston too was, in a certain sense, to the political manner born. His father was one of the most successful Premiers in Canadian history. Still he took the path less travelled. Leveraging his family name and matching it up with that old perennial called Western Alienation, Manning forged a political movement. Then he lost control of that movement and the party it spawned to his sharper and more ruthless lieutenant: A certain S. Harper, formerly of Leaside.
Over the past decade he has drifted into Elder Statesmen status. The Great and Good of Toronto, who once mocked his very name, now welcome him warmingly. I remember being mocked in university for speaking of Mr Manning in positive tones. Many of those same people now hail Manning as a Great Canadian Hero. A pioneer. A legend. Paul Martin's squeaky voiced wing man in the fight against the deficit. I've heard CBC reporters speak of him as they would a former Liberal Prime Minister. If not exactly with reverence then with something beyond respect.
Time heals all wounds, except that is political grudges. There are still Leftist dead enders who harbor and deep unabiding hatreds for Brian Mulroney and Ronald Reagan, men whose careers ended decades ago. Preston has been accepted not because so much time has past, or because the Reform Party vision has become acceptable, it is because the former Prairie Giant has made his obeisance to the Great and Good of the Laurentian Establishment.
The so-con stuff has been jettisoned. The usual Greenista platitudes are emitted at regular intervals and with the appropriate level of keenness. The magical rites having been performed Mr Preston Manning has been accepted not as a reformer taking his place at the High Table, but as a tame Western Tory, a house conservative for the Empire Club set. On special occasions he is rolled out to show all and sundry the breath and scope of those who rule the land. Some of their best friends, you see, are Alberta conservatives.
For those who admired the Reform Party, not simply in the Western vastness but here in the Imperial Capital too, the transformation of Preston had been one of a small and slow betrayal. The whole thing has a kind of camp absurdity about it. Like seeing Joe DiMaggio pitching Mr Coffee. Legends should behave in a certain way. But they so rarely do.
When a major power does that to a neighbour in Europe, I think this is an act of enormous import. And I think, as you say, there is only so much we can do about that. The minimum we can do is simply say we don’t agree with it.
Frankly, it’s not very difficult for me to tell Mr. Putin to his face that I don’t agree with his actions.
I am not sure what else it is I would have said to him [in Brisbane].
What else am I supposed to say?
‘How about those Capitals? How about those Leafs?’ I mean, seriously.
Ross is the brainchild of a group of University of Toronto students given access to Watson, the artificially intelligent computer system developed by International Business Machines Corp. that made headlines with its victory on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! in 2011. Instead of feeding Watson a diet of general knowledge, they trained its powers on a body of Ontario corporate law decisions and statutes.