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Alone at the Top
The Path to Power
Leading Canada
Private Life
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Banner: First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
Banner: The Path to Power

The Element of Luck

Politicians who assume the party leadership in opposition are more successful. Robert Borden, who had been the Conservative leader of the opposition for ten years before becoming prime minister, shared the secret of his success  -  a "lucky sprig"  -  with his successor, Arthur Meighen. Meighen lost the 1921 election, apparently ignoring Borden's lucky charm.


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