AuthorPeter Mansbridge
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     hours of October , , Pierre Tru-
deau was feeling a bit low. He was still absorbing the harsh judgment
of Canadian voters who had just taken away forty-f‌ive seats from his
Liberal Party and left him clinging to a minority government with just
two more seats than the Progressive Conservatives.
I, on the other hand, was feeling higher than a kitten sning catnip.
Not because of the election results, but because I had just completed
coverage of my f‌irst federal election night as a television reporter. I was
part of the CBC News team in Manitoba that night, and I had reached
a level of professional achievement I never thought I could or would.
It turns out I caught the bug in . I was interested in politics
before then, but now I was possessed. I became a political junkie, end-
lessly fascinated with the inner workings of government and the people
who were part of it or wanted to be part of it.
Canada has been a democracy from the beginning. Very few coun-
tries on Earth can say that. Even sadder, many countries can’t say they
are democratic today. ere is no sense in those places that everyone
is rowing in the same direction and political leaders are taking their
marching orders from the average citizen. ose countries operate at the
expense of the many for the benef‌it of the few.

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