Canada has six living former prime ministers. So when four of them get together to urge the current federal government to incorporate a “green stimulus” package into the upcoming budget, the joint effort sounds pretty impressive … until you realize that among the four of them — Joe Clark, John Turner, Kim Campbell and Paul Martin — they spent just 42 months in office.
That’s a total of three-and-a-half years, less the a full term for a typical majority government. Only two of them — Messrs. Clark and Martin — were ever elected to the job. And only one — Mr. Martin — spent as much as a year (actually, 26 months) as PM. If these folks have any special expertise in the field of environmentalism, they hid it well during their tenures.