"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday 14 June 2014

Only in politics....

What year was it ?  It  wasn't t a history lesson Iymay never appear in a  school text book. Kids don;t have to learn

So I let my  mind  skitter about  waiting for a clue.  And there it was; Trudeua's  supercilious  drawl.

"Well . welcome to the eighties"

In 1984, Canada repatriated the Constitution and  passed  a Charter of Rights and Freedoms into law.

Trudeau's Liberals had been defeated in the previous election. Joe Clark defeated him.

The  new governments first  budget was presented. Not enough votes  om the government side of the house  yo carrycarry.

The government lost the confidence of the house. A new election was decreed.

Trudeau had taken his memorable walk  in the snow and  decided to resign.

 He recited the  Serenity prayer :

God  give me the serenity to accept what I cannot change

The courage to change what I can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Trudeau got a  second chance  to make the change  that seemed  to be his reason for being in politics.


Anonymous said...

Joe Who ?

Anonymous said...

I suppose Ontarians don't have the wisdom to know the difference.

Christopher Watts said...

Clark. Joe Clark. International Agent

Anonymous said...

The Agenda for the GC does not say who is in the Chair. Does that mean we have the Mayor for the duration of term ?

Anonymous said...

The year was 1982. Trudeau retired from politics in 1984.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful day ! Hope you had a good one, Evelyn.

Anonymous said...

Met Joe Clark (and Maureen) on a flight to Toronto from Atlanta about 6 years ago. He was the nicest guy.