…after having spent three minutes on the first chapter (and six on the second).
First line: "The swearing-in ceremony had taken place on Saturday at Rideau Hall, the Governor General's residence."
I'm not sure that a government has ever been sworn in on a Saturday. The last was on a Monday, as was the one before that, the one before that, the one before that and the one before that. Before that? I can't be bothered.*
Could it be that the Reform PC PM had promised to do things differently? Were I an advisor, I'd have suggested a weekday so as to get maximum media exposure.
Just as well that it was Saturday because by early Monday morning the mess left behind by the unnamed previous government (read: Liberals) threatens to shut down the TTC. How are people supposed to get home?
First use of the word "bastard": page 4
First woman to be referred to as a "bitch": Jane Smith (page 5)
Pages in which a meeting is suggested and/or planned: 4, 5
Pages in which a meeting takes place: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Blank pages: 3 (of 18)
Pages with fewer than five words: 5 (of 18)
Pages featuring charts: 3 (of 18)
Pages featuring diagrams of the Hercules C-130: 0 (of 18)
Age of the "ancient, elaborately carved piece dominat[ing] the conference room located next to the Prime Minister's office": 135 years
Canada's debt in 1993: $445 billion
Canada's debt in 1993 (in Death by Deficit: A 2001 Novel): $485 billion
Canada's debt in 2001: $590 billion
Canada's debt in 2001 (in Death by Deficit: A 2001 Novel): $1 trillion
Flight paths of rockets (in Death by Deficit: A 2001 Novel):
* In Separation Two, the government brings down a budget on Canada Day.