Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy

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McClelland & Stewart, Jul 16, 2010 - Political Science - 280 pages
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A ringing manifesto for change from Canada’s Green Party leader and Activist.

We Canadians are waking up from our long political slumber to realize that there will not be change unless we insist upon it. We have a presidential-style prime minister without the checks and balances of either the US or the Canadian systems. Attack ads run constantly, backbenchers and cabinet ministers alike are muzzled, committees are deadlocked, and civility has disappeared from the House of Commons. In Losing Confidence, Elizabeth May outlines these and other problems of our political system, and offers inspiring solutions to the dilemmas we face.

“We no longer behead people in Canada, but Stephen Harper’s coup d’état cannot be allowed to stand, not least because of the precedent. Any future government can now slip the leash of democracy in the same way. This is how constitutions fail.” - Ronald Wright
 

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Good Points, Partisan Analysis With her latest announcement that she will run in the Saanich district in the next federal election, I decided to pick up Elizabeth May's book to read what some of her ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Degradation of Canadian
15
Parliament as Anachronism?
36
The Americanization of Our Election Process
75
Democracy and the Media
92
Police State? I 24
124
What If They Held an Election
149
Follow the Money 17 I
171
Making the Vote Fair
193
Coalitions as the Way of the Future
216
Acknowledgements
242
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Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer. She is the author of seven books and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Order of Canada medal. Since her 2006 election as leader of the Green Party of Canada, she has led the party to an unprecedented level of support among Canadians. May and her daughter, Victoria Cate, divide their time between Ottawa and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

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