Among Sutherland's achievements was to oversee the replication of the GTC in various corners of the English-speaking world, presumably without the stranglehold that the Educational Institute of Scotland has imposed on council elections back home. A posse of Canadians as on hand to demonstrate the Scottish diaspora in the provinces from Ontario to British Columbia.
Sutherland said he was not alone in being a fan of Canada. His enthusiasm was shared by Gordon McIntyre, one of the depute registrars, who had come across a fairy-tale genie offering him any wish he wanted. "A bridge from Scotland to Toronto," requested McIntyre.
But the genie said: "All that way across the Atlantic, it's impossible. Give me another wish."
McIntyre tried again: "That the EIS accepts the single transferable vote for GTC elections." The genie looked shaken: "About that bridge . . ."