The wit and wisdom of the late Desmond Morton
Desmond Morton, a frequent guest on The Sunday Edition, died on September 4th, 2019.
He was born into a military family in Calgary, but was long associated with Quebec by dint of his decades as a history professor at McGill University, where he founded the Institute for the Study of Canada.
But in the tradition of the public intellectual, he was not cloistered in the ivory tower. Yes, he was a Rhodes Scholar and academic, but he was also a long-serving army officer as a young man. He also served as an adviser over the years to political leaders as disparate as Tommy Douglas and Brian Mulroney, and he was a regular presence in the media.
One of his appearances on the program seems particularly pertinent at the outset of the federal election campaign.
During the 2004 federal election campaign, Professor Morton joined Michael Enight, along with Rebecca Kukla — then a professor of philosophy of Carleton University and now at Georgetown University in Washington.
They talked about something you're going to hear a lot about over the next five weeks — promises.
Listen to some of their discussion from May, 2004 above.