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

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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 m
ebook, 137 pages
Published July 16th 2010 by McClelland & Stewart (first published April 1st 2009)
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Elizabeth May brings to light many very important issues with our current government from election rules, parliament behaviour, RCMP interference, media control and Stephen Harpers growing power as PM. A must read for any Canadian, or anyone interested in Canadian politics.
I'm a huge admirer of Elizabeth May - she's bold and intelligent with a biting sense of humour and she really tells it like it is. In Losing Confidence she did a commendable job of explaining how Canada's parliamentiary system works in theory, how it is (not) working in reality, how the PMO has concentrated power, and she gives great suggestions on what can be done to change our failing electoral system. Some of Elizabeth May's anecdotes of parliamentary antics left me seething and wondering how ...more
Thomas Ryan
read it kind of expecting it to be really really heavily biased. and not that it isn't biased, of course, but it's actually.. kind of universal. devastating and accurate commentary on Canadian democracy
I am continually impressed by May. This book is an excellent examination of the current political system in Canada - both the advantages and disadvantages. This book is a call to all Canadians and all politicians to demand a change in the functioning of the political system. For the most part, May avoids making partisan comments (though her disdain for Harper's Conservatives is evident). She gives credit where credit is due to the federal politicians from all parties who have helped to shape the ...more
Very eye-opening but very biased of course.
Bennett Coles
A devastating indictment of the current political situation in Canada. I might have been tempted to dismiss it as conspiracy-theorist ravings, except I know the author and I know that she is level-headed and honest. The sheer number of primary references cited in the book gives chilling authenticity to its claims.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the health of democracy in Canada.
An excellent read. Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May, writes about her experiences in Canadian politics. It is a very inspiring read. As I was reading it, I could hear her voice, see her mannerisms. This book is a must read for all that want change, and for those interest in politics.
Should be required reading in high schools as a text book on the current Canadian political landscape and a lesson on what our democracy should be.

Even if your politics aren't Green, I recommend this book to anybody as an enlightening behind-the-scenes view of how Ottawa works.
An excellent book that exposes the dark side of Canadian politics. We need to become more engaged to stop the abuses such as the current robo-call scandal.
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Elizabeth Evans May OC MP, is an American-born Canadian environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and politician currently serving as leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands. She was the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006.

May became a Canadian citizen in 1978. She currently resides in Sidney, British Columbia with her
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