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May 24, 2021
One characteristic that has emerged over the last five years is the prime minister’s failure to think things through
Pierre Trudeau’s famous putdown of Conservative rival Joe Clark — that Clark’s vision of Canada would have Ottawa play “head waiter to the provinces” — was one of those taunts he was so good at: derisive, haughty and insulting, but also effective. It made Clark look small and blinkered, as opposed to Trudeau’s grand view of a more ambitious country.
But it may be that Trudeau’s son, the current prime minister, is bringing Clark’s version of Canada to fruition, given his ready agreement that Quebec can unilaterally alter the Constitution his father introduced, by simply moving to do so.
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