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Joe Clark, speechwriting for Stanfield

"Joe Who?" read a newspaper headline when Alberta's Joe Clark claimed the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 1976. Three years later, Clark became Canada's youngest prime minister, at age 39, but his minority government lasted just nine months. Forced out as leader in 1983, Clark took on high-profile cabinet posts in foreign affairs and constitutional change. In 1998, he returned to lead the decimated Tories and fight off efforts to unite the right. CBC Archives looks at Joe Clark's life in politics.

A look at Joe Clark's political career, including a period as a speechwriter, before he ran for office.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: May 24, 1979
Guest(s): Joe Clark, Ron Helmer, David Humphreys, Allan Hustak
Host: James Gray
Duration: 4:02

Last updated: December 12, 2012

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