Edwin Edwards, still alive at 88, is probably the most prominent and colourful political figure to emerge from my extended Acadian/Cajun family.
Definitely a laissez les bons temps roulez Cajun. He once said that he could only lose an election if he was found in bed one morning with a dead girl or a live boy.
Some years ago, contemplating a career as a columnist, I sought advice from Brian Flemming, a then Halifax Daily News columnist, one time future Prime Minister, sometime aspiring media mogul, occasional ambivalent legal practitioner. He offered me one caveat: don’t expect to be able to live on Young Avenue on your journalistic earnings.
Charles de Gaulle opened his memoirs by saying that he was imbued by a certain idea of France.
We are learning how Justin Trudeau is imbued by an equally central idea of Canada. It may be less grandiose than the vision that de Gaulle had for France, one that stretched back many centuries.
In 1911, Canada had 143 daily papers. It has never had as many dailies before or since.
In 1911, before radio and TV, daily newspapers were a natural monopoly. Like railways before cars and highways. Like first class mail before universal dial tone. Like the department store before malls.
There are said to be two types of people: those who divide people into two categories, and those who don’t.
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