Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WE GET THE POLITICS WE DESERVE

Former Ontario NDP Premier  MP, interim Liberal Party Leader  and Federal Liberal Leadership Candidate Bob Rae is sharing his reflections on the cut-and-thrust in a new memoir. 

"What's Happened to Politics" is due in stores in August. 

Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013.

Wayne Kondro of iPolitcs offers a pre-release book review of Rae's damnation of our political system which has eroded democracy and the role of individual Members of Parliament.

The last real good book that I read. which  provided a good glimpse of how Ottawa really works, was written by Prime Minister Chretien;s Machiavelli. the ultimate political insider Eddie Goldenberg. 

" The Way It Works " may be ten years old, but it is a manual on the art of Canadian politics. It is revealing, honest and pointed.

Rae joins his former leader Micheal Ignatieff is offering comments about what is broken in Ottawa and how it may be fixed. Is anyone listening to former politicians - who failed to address the issues when they were in a position to do so?

An academic, politician, leader who now teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, Bob Rae is not a naive observer or green participant in the process and mechanics of real politics. 

I have pre-ordered my copy because I respect what Rae has to say and think Liberals made a mistake not selecting him as leader in light of the party's failure to unite the left and center. 









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