Why former PM Joe Clark fears Canada has lost its way

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark stands with Jian as the chat post-interview in Studio Q (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark stands with Jian as the chat post-interview in Studio Q (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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Canada has changed a great deal since the youngest ever prime minister held office. The Right Honourable Joe Clark, who was just shy of 40 when he defeated Trudeau's Liberals in 1979, is now in his 70s -- and he's deeply concerned about the country he once led.


"I really am worried about Canada missing a role in the future," the former Progressive Conservative told Jian. "We're moving away from precisely the qualities that will make us more relevant in the future."

In a wide-ranging interview, Clark explains why he is openly critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's approach to foreign policy, says he fears Canadians are retreating into personal and regional silos, and reflects on the decline of the "Red Tory" worldview.

Joe Clark on Rob Ford

Jian also asked Clark to weigh in on the ongoing turmoil in the Senate as well as the Rob Ford fiasco. He described the latter story as an embarrassment to all Canadians.

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