A Ralph of Many Trades and a Master of At Least One
Federal political candidates register their occupations with Elections Canada. I was recently looking through some election results and noticed that my old friend, Ralph Goodale, has had quite a varied career during his time as an MP.
In every federal election he contested prior to 1993, Ralph identified himself as a lawyer. That changed to â€œbusiness executiveâ€ for the 1993 campaign and he has been an MP ever since. For 1997 and 2000, it was restyled as â€œbusinessperson.â€ In 2004, a space was added. In 2006, he went back to being a lawyer. By 2008, it was â€œbusiness personâ€ again. In 2011, he finally found his true calling and declared himself to be a â€œparliamentarian.â€