This is a book written by Bob Rae. It is succinct and a very honest examination of Canadian politics. It is a great read for anyone interested in Canadian politics by a very bright and clear writer and thinker.
This book is not a memoir or an exercise in nostalgia. It is not a tell-all or a morality play in which the hero inevitably wins out in the end. It is a reflection on some lessons learned, many after defeats rather than victories. It is a plea for political literacy and understanding, for citizens to look behind and beyond the partisan rhetoric and the spin. More than anything, it is meant to open a conversation, one that, as a country, we desperately need to have.
There are several questions that all Canadians should be asking themselves, their elected representatives and their leaders. The time for that dialogue is now and the need for it has never been greater. This book should serve as a way in.
The federal election of 2016 marked a watershed moment in Canadian politics. An energized citizenry re-engaged with the electoral process and gave a resounding cry for change. The future seemed to be characterized by hope and optimism for a new brand of politics.
Canadian politics is so tumultuous. But ever since Justin Trudeau got voted in with an overwhelming majority, I knew that we were on a better track—a track to more transparency, humanity, and compassion.
Thank you Bob Rae for such a GREAT book!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth