"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

Sunday 26 July 2015


Veteran federal politician Flora MacDonald dead at age 89 (via @torontostar) http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/26/veteran-federal-politician-flora-macdonald-dead-at-age-89.html

I recall Flora Macdonald's alliance with Dalton Camp. No-one else had the courage to do what needed to be done when John Diefenbaker needed to be replaced .

Flora was Party Secretary at that time and she paid a price. 

I shook her hand before nine a.m. on a London street campaigning with a candidate, every inch the lady and twice as charming.

I particularly remember her reaction on  being defeated in her last election.

It's no shame for a politician to be defeated .The shame is not to have tried, was how she responded.

She never stopped trying to make the world a better place.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She was a very nice lady who opened doors for others , including some not-so-nice women, who came after her. Years after she left office her opinions were being sought and sometimes even heeded.