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If there was a defining moment at the Republican convention that set Bob Dole on the final lap of his quest for the American presidency last week, it may have come early on Wednesday evening. Dole's wife, Elizabeth, had been given the task of telling the life story of her famously private husband.
Dr. Bill Atherton had just lain down, knowing he was on call that night at the Dhahran Health Clinic in Saudi Arabia. "I was resting in bed and I felt the shaking. I felt the bomb's impulse from 10 miles away," said the Calgary native, a surgeon at the hospital run by the Aramco oil company.
When it comes to taking care of personal finances, Bohdan Dolban, 32, and his wife, Mary, 35, are about as good as it gets. His job as a sales representative for a Toronto packaging company and hers as a systems analyst give them a family income of about $85,000, and every cent is put to good use.
It should have been a simple question for a man accustomed to the black art of political gamesmanship. What can the other contenders for Jean CHRÉTIEN's throne do to give former finance minister Paul MARTIN a run for his millions? But this seasoned LIBERAL PARTY strategist seemed stumped.
THERE'S A PUB across Wellington Street from Parliament where the sandwiches are named after famous politicians. The Paul Martin is bruschetta. But what John Manley swallowed with Martin's name on his lips last week wasn't Roma tomatoes and shaved asiago cheese - it was his own pride.
IF THERE'S ONE POLICY area in which Paul MARTIN longs to appear adept and far-sighted, it is foreign affairs. In an interview with Maclean's late last year, the Prime Minister said he planned to take charge on key domestic concerns, such as health or daycare, only when needed.
SINCE NOVEMBER, former minister of citizenship and immigration Judy Sgro has been dogged by scandal. First came "strippergate" - allegations that she helped Romanian erotic dancer Alina Balaican skip the immigration line in return for volunteering on Sgro's political campaign. Then Brampton, Ont.