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How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change Hardcover – Nov 5 2013
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FINALIST 2014 – Ottawa Book Awards—Non-Fiction
“Joe Clark’s How We Lead is like the honourable man: thoughtful, intelligent…worth the effort…. Who would have thought that Joe Clark could turn out to be Canada’s Cassandra?”
“Joe Clark brings a wealth of experience to his observations on the Canadian political scene…. A thoughtful book, one that will interest anyone who cares about Canada’s place in the world.”
—The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo)
“An outstanding read. From the perspective of today’s viciously divided politics, Mr. Clark’s portrayal of the country’s history is balanced and laudable. His assessment of the state of Canadian politics is a sobering wake-up call…. Better than any book I have read in a long time, How We Lead depicts my concerns about the direction in which we Canadians are drifting.”
—Andre Carrel, The Boundary Sentinel
“All Canadians should read this book.”
"An impassioned argument for Canada to reassert its international position as an agent of change, diplomacy and peace."
About the Author
The Rt. Hon. Joe CLARK, P.C., C.C. served as a federal Member of Parliament for twenty-five years and held the most senior Cabinet positions, including those of Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Constitutional Affairs and President of the Privy Council. Mr. Clark continues to work with international foundations, associations and businesses on issues of governance, democratic reform, security and peace. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Maureen McTeer.
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At first blush, readers may be quietly lulled into believing author Clark is attacking the current Harper conservative government and its foreign policy approach to world affairs. But on closer analysis and careful reflection, and interestingly enough, Clark and Harper stunningly agree on important public policy matters, and only disagree on implementation processes. The fundamental purpose, and theme of the book is to contour and explain in attenuated detail how and why Canada has become less relevant and less respected on the world stage, and what can and should be done to salvage Canada's international reputation.
Conservative and liberal governments alike over the past many decades have both had effective foreign affairs policies, and environmental potection policies. Clark argues that under the Harper administration for the past decade, Canada's status in the eyes of the world has significantly deteriorated. Clark argues the current Harper government has minimized and degraded Canada's relationship with China, downsized foreign aid, discarded peacekeeping, and deserted environmental husbandry. On the other hand, Clark somewhat softly and carefully praises the Harper government for its economic, immigration, and international trade policies.Read more ›
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From a wise Canadian elder statesman, this outstanding book gives us perspective on all that Canada has been in the past century, and could be in the future, both at home and... Read morePublished on April 17 2014 by Patricia OBrien
Mr. Clark provides an historical perspective of Canada in the world and assesses the impact policies put in place by Mr. Harper are having on our relationship with other nations. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2014 by Louise E. Valle