Meet Canada's wackiest politician: Elizabeth May. Is she on a quest to
better the planet, or herself? Also featured in this week's issue: Spies
in the Arctic - Canada's battleground, of sorts. And, Manufacturing
Dissent - can our economy survive the fallout? Also, turn to Maclean's
and macleans.ca for Mark Steyn's take on the new book from
"da liddle guy" from Shawinigan
TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Supporters call Elizabeth May driven, generous
and inspirational. But even some in her own party call her duplicitous, a
bully and a sellout. "Since entering the partisan fray," reports Maclean's
senior writer Anne Kingston, "the 53-year-old cherubic, self-described "eco
bitch" has proven a polarizing force of nature herself." May has been busy,
announcing plans to run against Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay in
the next federal election, dissing Prime Minister Stephen Harper at every turn
and, most notoriously, backing another party's leader, Stéphane Dion, as the
best prospect for prime minister. Under May, the party has never been more
popular: membership has more than doubled, to 11,000, in a year; a September
Decima poll showed support at 14 per cent, a new high.
Behind the scenes, however, the Greens are a phosphate-free soap opera,
riddled with backbiting, infighting, and defections, including the departure
of four executive directors since May has taken over. "The Greens' new leader
is alternatively heralded as the best or the worst thing to happen to the
party," writes Kingston.
Spies in the Arctic
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming again . . . to the
Arctic. Whether it's mini-submarines conducting a flag-laying stunt at the
North Pole, or resumed nuclear bomber flights, it's déjà vu all over again.
"But this time, with the chances that global warming is reducing ice
cover," writes Maclean's Sean Maloney, "the resources of the Arctic are up for
grabs." The possibility of an open Northwest Passage stands to be reactivated
as a hot-button issue. If Canada cannot project power and does not engage,
Canada cannot lay claim. And it's not a new problem. Canada has had to keep an
eye on the Arctic neighbourhood before to prevent intrusion. As declassified
material from 50 years ago shows, the Arctic was and has always been a
battleground of sorts.
Another week, another round of plant closures, and another volley of
headlines proclaiming the imminent demise of manufacturing in Canada. "The
sector's in rough shape, but not everyone thinks that's a problem," writes
Maclean's Jason Kirby. Yet, despite plant closures and layoffs, we're in a job
boom. Unemployment is at its lowest in 33 years - and wages are up.
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