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With enemies like this, who needs friends?

By Joe Jordan      

In an era of 'politics is war,' Gord Brown and I were supposed to be enemies. We were supposed to lay awake at night and plot each other’s demise and we were supposed to see each other as an obstacle to all that was righteous. Suffice to say that never happened.

One of the aspects of public life that does not get enough attention is the constant compromises that must be made and it is easy to rationalize a work ethic that leaves little time for family. Although Gord worked at making time, his sudden and tragic passing has robbed his family of his post-political life and my heart goes out to them. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

OTTAWA—Growing up in a political family in Leeds-Grenville, I knew from an early age that there was a high probability that Gord Brown and I were eventually going to face off in the political arena. We were both political junkies, active in our respective associations, close in age, and had learned our craft from the ground up. I managed to get in first, at the federal level, but could clearly hear Gord’s footsteps and the game was on.

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