Joe Clark laments Canada's 'almost adolescent tone': Brian Stewart - 2013-11-07
Clark's views should command serious respect as he was arguably the most outstanding Canadian foreign minister since the age of Lester Pearson.
It was a post he held for almost seven years during which he benefited from a prime minister, Brian Mulroney, who devoured information, appreciated receiving strong advice and felt Canada should take lead positions on issues ranging from famine relief to the anti- apartheid campaign in Africa.
This is a very different pattern from that of the current prime minister, Clark notes. "This is a notoriously controlling prime minister who dominates and decides his government's domestic and international policy more rigorously than any of his predecessors since, at least, the Second World War."