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14 Days: Making the Conservative Movement in Canada

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A first-hand look into the back rooms of the conservative movement in Canada, 14 Days provides insights into how the recent history of the Canadian right has influenced the Conservative government over the past two decades. Bruce Carson, having worked in close proximity to many Conservative leaders, describes a series of important moments in the disintegration, ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by McGill-Queen's University Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jul 20, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
Carson tackles the enormous task of summarising the rejuvenation of the conservative movement in Canada since its splintering in the 1993 Canadian General Election. Detailing the struggles of the PC movement and its hyperactive cousin, Reform, Carson tackles the history that led to both parties coming together, for reasons of a united right, in order to unseat the Liberals, who saw victory as an eternal flame to rule as they saw fit. Carson uses his personal experiences with the PC Party to ...more
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Mar 22, 2015 Mikebee rated it did not like it
A sycophantic apologist rehash of press release and party talking points. The uncritical admiration of the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Party that delivered them into Harper's control is hard for almost any observer to swallow unless they are blind Conservative ideologues.

Carson's insider story is deeply disconnected from reality, particularly in the areas of Environment and Indigenous issues. He presents COP 14 as a success for Canada and as progress in addressing GHGs. He writes a
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Aug 16, 2014 Julian Haigh rated it it was ok
Doesn't add much to the conversation and shows the Machiavellian approach at the basis of policy development in the Conservative Party of Canada. A far more insightful (and honest) commentary on such pressures is given in The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World by Jonathan Powell although that book is on Tony Blairs approach ( The similarities in the exercise of those who maintain power have a unique command-control approach across hi ...more
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