Any Cardus supporters attending Hillary Clinton’s speech to Canada’s self-proclaimed leading progressive think tank might have simultaneously felt at sea and at home.

There was the former American first lady addressing an Ottawa luncheon crowd at the Canada 2020 event in the gushing tones of progressive politics: a glorious future awaits all who eagerly rush forward to embrace the times.  

Yet very early in her 35-minute talk yesterday, the secretary of state, who logged more than a million miles visiting 112 countries in four years, began using Cardus language: the prudential need to renew underlying social architecture.

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