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Stephen





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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:27 pm    Post subject: Good Canadian political books Reply with quote

Has anyone read any good political / history books lately?

I'm looking forward to Paul Wells' offering at the end of the month.

Post your reading recommendations and short reviews.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While Canada Slept is one of the better I've ever read, would request it to any Canadian.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone interested in Charter politics and Judicial activism in particular, a must read is Governing with the Charter: Legislative and Judicial Activism and Framers' Intent by James Kelly. The book offers an insighful analysis on judicial activism and clearly demonstrates that our current democratic deficit is not the result of the Supreme Court's judicial activism but rather is the result of cabinet's decision to govern with the Charter from the centre of government. While the book disputes many of the traditional conservative views on the Supreme Court and the Charter, it does not espouse traditional liberal opinions either. Instead, it offers a balanced and reasoned understanding of the role of the Supreme Court in a constuitional democracy. One of the best books I've read on Charter politics in a long time.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more thing. If you are looking for Canadian "politics" books to avoid, anything by Will Ferguson will do. Only in Canada would they consider petty whinging good book material.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm picking up Bob Plamondon's Full Circle tonight, I'll let you know how it is!
http://splatto.net/blog/?p=201
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt wrote:
I'm picking up Bob Plamondon's Full Circle tonight, I'll let you know how it is!
http://splatto.net/blog/?p=201


I hear that it's the book to read if you want to be reminded why the right split up.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Roadkill On the Information Highway" is a lesser known book that came out in 1999 or so.

Its a little dated now but it presents all the problems facing Canada at the time in a very reader-friendly, magazine style format.

Its solutions to these problems were all rather right-wing, free-market oriented.

Its a good "intro" book for young people or those who've never read a political book before.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I hear that it's the book to read if you want to be reminded why the right split up.


From the previews I've read it seems to be very sympathetic to the PC side and praises Harper for "coming to his senses" and realizing that the PCs were right all along.

Still, it seems like an interesting read if you keep this potential bias in mind.

I'd rather get Paul Wells new book.

I think its called something like "The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper".
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad wrote:
While Canada Slept is one of the better I've ever read, would request it to any Canadian.


Bought it two weeks ago and am reading it now... very good book
CC Scott





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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the following Canadian political books:

Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada - William Johnson
Rescuing Canada's Right - Tasha Kheiriddin and Adam Daifallah
The Big Red Machine - Stephen Clarkson
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is cute if you're looking for something light and mildly amusing. Of course, you could probably also find the quotes online.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading Mark Steyn's new book called America Alone which is a must read for every canadians
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Blue wrote:
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I hear that it's the book to read if you want to be reminded why the right split up.


From the previews I've read it seems to be very sympathetic to the PC side and praises Harper for "coming to his senses" and realizing that the PCs were right all along.

Still, it seems like an interesting read if you keep this potential bias in mind.

I'd rather get Paul Wells new book.

I think its called something like "The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper".


Thanks both of you. I'm still finishing Rescuing Canada's Right so haven't picked up full Circle yet. I tend to align moreso along the Reform/Alliance lines, so I'll keep that bias in mind. Should make for an interesting read nonetheless
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt wrote:
I'm picking up Bob Plamondon's Full Circle tonight, I'll let you know how it is!
http://splatto.net/blog/?p=201


Thanks for the reminder, I have to pick that one up!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

two Canadian-oriented books i've read and enjoyed and recommend were mentioned by others already: Andrew Cohen's While Canada Slept (which i enjoyed also because i like reading on foreign affairs) and Rescuing Canada's Right by Tasha Kheiriddin and Adam Daifallah.

i've been seeing the book Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada by William Johnson a lot lately at Indigo's...has anyone read it? how is it?
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