We conclude this series with an observation from John W. Dafoe, greatest of Canadian newspaper editors, as well as a publisher, statesman and canny marketer. Born in "Canada West" near Ottawa before Confederation, he watched the country grow up and assume the responsibilties of nationhood through his 43-year stint as editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. (He died in harness in 1944, stll editing the paper at age 78.)
Perhaps only a Western Canadian, filled with boundless optimism, could have said, as he did in the middle of the Dirty Thirties, "The future will be what we make it." But such a sentiment is surely the hallmark of our greatest entrepreneurs.
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