The flameout of the impostor Ross Perot, the billionaire who wanted to be president until he discovered it involved work, has put attention on the people who enter public life. Why do they do it? Is it worth the candle? What drives them on? As Canadians wait—not-so-patiently—to get this Conservative government into the polling booth, it is useful to pause and observe what eight years in power have done to those at the top.
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