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In July 2002, Canadian Tory leader Joe Clark was taking part in the annual Calgary Stampede Parade in a 1967 Buick Wildcat convertible when the car's carburetor flooded. The driver tried to restart the car, and was dismayed to learn that the battery was dead.

With cars full of rival Canadian Alliance politicians cruising just in front, Clark and company abandoned their seats and pushed the car ten blocks, to the delight of the cheering crowd.

[Clark tried to spin his embarrassment, saying he would not shirk work when it was there to be done. It was later revealed, however, that Clark had agreed to push only when prodded by his companions.]

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