Politics and Public Affairs 1989

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David Leyton-Brown
University of Toronto Press, Dec 1, 1996 - History - 320 pages
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The Canadian Annual Review has long been praised for its excellence as a resource work. Widely known for its accuracy, readability, and insight, it offers a synoptic appraisal of the year's crises, controversies, and developments from both federal and provincial perspectives.

While 1989 marked the beginning of profound changes on the international scene, Canadian politics and public affairs were dominated by growing tension in federal-provincial relations. The introduction of the goods and services tax by the Mulroney government, along with other federal belt-tightening measures, had serious side-effects on regional economies all round. The situation was aggravated by continuing conflict over the Meech Lake Accord and increasing signs of a faltering economy. Meanwhile, a spate of political scandals contributed to a growing public mistrust of the political process.

The Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was inaugurated on 1 January and its implementation became one of the major economic issues of the year. On the military front, cuts in the defence budget resulted in significant changes in Canada's defence policy, and the Human Rights Commission ruled that the Canadian Armed Forces could no longer exclude women from combat roles. Other notable events during the year included the halting of construction on the Rafferty-Alameda dam in Saskatchewan on the basis of environmental issues, the shocking murder of fourteen female engineering students at the +cole Polytechnique in Montreal, and the Dubin Inquiry into performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

For the world at large, 1989 will be remembered as the momentous year that the forces of democracy began to sweep over Central and Eastern Europe and South Africa. It is ironic that, as the foundations of the Cold War and apartheid were being shaken abroad, Canada became increasingly preoccupied with internal constitutional, economic, and political divisions.

 

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Contents

Editors introduction
3
THE ECONOMY
20
Progressive Conservative Party 32 Liberal Party 32
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COMMISSIONS AND REPORTS
48
The goods and services tax 61 Old business 62 Regional develop
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Pacific 2000 78 The European
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DIPLOMATIC ISSUES
95
NATIONAL DEFENCE
109
Politics 148 Legislation 152 The economy 154 Intergovernmental
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Politics 169 The economy and the environment 175 Relations with
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Government finance 189 Legislative developments 191 Political
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The government and the legislature 211 Political parties 211
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ALBERT A by Peter McCormick
217
The Principal affair 218 PocklingtonGainers 219 The twenty
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Aboriginal aspirations in NWT 242 Federal policy in NWT 244
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Index of names
259

NATO AND ARMS CONTROL
114
welfare
141

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About the author (1996)

David Leyton-Brown is Professor of Political Science, York University and Executive Director, Ontario Council on Graduate Studies

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