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The Right Honourable Joe Clark was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, a member of parliament for many years, minister of foreign affairs, minister of constitutional affairs during the debate over the Meech Lake Accord, and – all-too-briefly – the prime minister of Canada.

What is his connection with Vancouver? In 2012, UBC conferred upon him an honorary degree, about 50 years after he briefly pursued a law degree at that institution. He left the program, upon concluding that legal studies were dull (which, in my opinion, is difficult to argue with). He finished an M.A. in political science at the University of Alberta in 1973.

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