Canada: Charisma Is Not Enough

After a year, Mulroney faces problems and impatience

Lac Meech, a finger-like lake set in the evergreen-forested hills of Quebec's Gatineau Park, has long been a mecca for canoeists, campers, fishermen and skiers. But it was not the area's scenic beauty that last week drew Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and key members of his Progressive Conservative Cabinet to the government-owned retreat on the lake's snow-covered shore. Faced with Parliament's return from Christmas recess this week and with a host of problems awaiting action, Mulroney and his advisers had driven the half-hour north from Ottawa for an agonizing reappraisal of where the government was, where it should go and...

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