MY FRIEND MICHAEL
In December 2017 I met with Michael Wilson to begin working with him on his proposed autobiography. I was at first concerned about the difference in our political leanings, but to our shared delight we hit it off wonderfully.
He was most notably a polite and decent man, far warmer than his public persona might suggest, with a gentle sense of humour. We met at his office at Barclays Bank where he was Chairman. I marvelled at many of the stories he shared, tales of his encounters with the Royal Family, Barack Obama, Henry Kissinger, Mick Jagger and a dozen others. They will make the book exceedingly readable and fulfilling.
In March, Michael revealed to me that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Whatever happened, he wanted the project completed. I wished him well and promised a book that would make him proud.
His death on February 10 was not unexpected but shocking nevertheless.
The book will deal with his international business experience, government service, negotiating the original NAFTA, serving as Ambassador to the U.S., the tragic death of his eldest son, and the resulting dedication to improve the treatment of mental health sufferers. It will be titled SOMETHING WITHIN ME.
Someone has said that Canada is a smaller place without him. I agree.