The high school football player who didn't believe in private property

Matthew Pearson profiles Paul Dewar.

“I go back to, ultimately, what is politics about?” he says. “It’s about people and making a difference in people’s lives and obviously using all of the tools within Parliament, but also by engaging people to help you with that. And the day you give up on the possibility for change is the day I think it’s time for you to get out of politics.

“I say to friends often, ‘If you ever see me getting to the point where I’m always commenting in a cynical tone about what’s happening, tap me on the shoulder and tell me it’s time to go.’ “

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