Cohen: Remembering John Godfrey, journalist, educator and politician

He was both a thinker and a tinkerer over his 81 years, seeking a country more just, fair, strong and progressive.

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“What’s the configuration?”

It was the first question at our Monday editorial meeting at the Financial Post, the venerable financial weekly. It came from the editor, John Godfrey, with a wry, comforting reliability.

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As always, he wanted to know the order in which the sections of the newspaper were going to appear. Really, though, he was interested in the gears, levers, pulleys and wheels of everything, material and intellectual.

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