Canadian trinity

November 18, 1994

As well as some excellent universities, Canada can claim to have given the world two of this century's sharpest academic wits, with John Kenneth Galbraith following in the footsteps of Stephen Leacock --whose anatomisation of the nation's universities in My Dreams of the West (1937) forms Sideswipe no 92: "Speaking in a general way one may say that in the West McGill predominates in medicine, Queen's in the Church and Toronto at (not behind) the Bar.

Thus McGill attends the sick, and when McGill has done its work, Queen's buries them and when they're buried Toronto divides up their estates among the three. It is what Adam Smith so happily called the Division of Labour".

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