OTTAWA—I can remember the day I ceased to be a member of the New Democratic Party. It was the fall of 1975, and I was a student at Carleton University. Our political science professor invited David Lewis, the recently retired leader of the NDP, to speak to our class. He spoke eloquently of how his party supported the Liberal minority government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau from 1972 to 1974. His speech echoed conventional wisdom that the NDP deserved credit for the Liberal government’s decisions to create Petro-Canada, ensure a stronger social safety net, and establish the Foreign Investment Review Agency.
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