Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley was quoted in a National Post story about the role former prime ministers play in public life after they leave office.
Crowley said that former U.S. presidents, who typically avoid partisan politics after serving as head of state, tend to be more effective contributors to public life than former prime ministers.
“The U.S. makes better use of its former presidents than Canada does of its former prime ministers. They are careful to become post-political, senior statesmen, leaving aside any animosity,” said Crowley.
Last week Crowley congratulated the members of Canadians For a New Partnership, a group that includes former prime ministers Joe Clark and Paul Martin several Aboriginal leaders, for coming to together to tackle First Nations issues.