9% of delegates at the party's biennial convention was not enough Clark called a leadership convention to decide the issue. His vision for the party was one that was to the left of the Alliance but to the right of the Liberals. Later Clark openly criticized the new Conservative Party in the run-up to the 2004 election.
Taking office the day before his 40th birthday Clark is the youngest person to become Prime Minister. He made a political comeback in 1998 to lead the Progressive Conservatives before its dissolution serving his final term in Parliament from 2000 to 2004. Clark today is recognized as a distinguiJoe Clarkd scholar and statesman and serves as a university professor and as president of his own consulting firm.