I told my friends: 'They chose the wrong guy.' I thought that Joe Clark would be a far stronger opponent than Brian Mulroney.
Pierre Trudeau, reflecting on Clark's loss of the PC leadership to Mulroney, Memoirs, 1995
He's been class all the way, a total team player. We couldn't have asked for more.
Charles MacMillan, adviser to Mulroney, regarding Clark's handling of his 1983 defeat, reported in The Globe and Mail, October 14, 1983
The greatest foreign minister in Canadian history except for Lester Pearson...the person who tried first of all to get rid of the deficit...the credit for the fight in trying to get rid of the deficit belongs to Joe Clark and John Crosbie, and yet they are scorned.
Brian Mulroney, PC Leadership Convention, May 30, 2003