This is a wonderful memoir about George Smitherman. His memoir is honest and showcases the type of man he really is.
George Smitherman had modest beginnings. And yet he rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in Ontario and then plummeted. He was defeated by one most notorious politicians Rob Ford.
This memoir takes readers on the roller-coaster ride of his career and his personal life as a gay man struggling with the constraints of society and family.
Smitherman offers candid insights into the hardball politics of city hall and the provincial legislature, as well as the Liberal government under Dalton McGuinty, including accomplishments like prescription drug reforms and the green energy plan, and the so-called eHealth, Ornge, and gas plant scandals.
Smitherman reveals how he lost the mayoral race but managed to rebound from that defeat as well as from the suicide of his husband.
Here’s a man that had so much happen to him in his life. It is so sad to know that people in politics struggle so much. But this poor man did! But he still seems victorious and fulfilled.
George Smitherman has spent over forty years in politics, serving as a senior minister and deputy premier in the Ontario McGinty government.
I found this book very informative and easy to read.