I got to spend about 40 minutes with Canada’s 28th most powerful person last week, when Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and I met at the Four Seasons hotel in Mumbai. The rooftop bar has one the best views in the city and the happy hour menu is excellent. Not to worry, dear taxpayers of Saskatchewan, your Premier, his press officer, and I squeezed into a tiny meeting room on the sixth floor. Mr. Wall was all business. Maclean’s magazine put nine politicians ahead of Mr. Wall, including four premiers, the leader of the Official Opposition, and the leader of the No. 3 party in Parliament. Mr. Wall was marked down for lacking big ideas. But what he does possess is a clear vision of what it will take to make Canada relevant abroad: shoe leather.
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