It’s to say he had ideas, [and] actually believed that ideas mattered, in a way that’s most unusual in Canadian politics and for which no personal equivalent exists since Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and which no party or movement has been able to bring forward in the same way since the 1940s, when the CCF minted most of the ideas that have fashioned our welfare state.

Richard Gwynn on Preston Manning, “Manning’s gift was in his ideas”, Toronto Star, March 25, 2001: A13, on the occasion of Manning’s announcement that he would be retiring from politics at the end of that year.

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