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The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
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Oct 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: humour
Read in August, 2009

Ah, I loves me some Canadian political satire. Don't think I've had this much fun since King John of Canada (Scott Gardiner - go read it).

A young politico quits Ottawa when the blech factor gets to be too much, but he's "persuaded" to run one final campaign in a riding where the party has no hope in hell of winning a seat.

The last guy he bugs to stand up is a an Engineering Prof who desperately wants to get out of teaching English 101, and so a deal is struck. Then he finds a firecracker former campaign runner at the local old folks home, and they're on the trail (oh yes, and with some punk-emo students to do the door-to-door and scare the constituents).

And you know what happens next. Scandal of the century - and it's the mean ole incumbent. Hilarity ensues.

But like King John, there's a line of idealism under the humour that makes me simultaneously long for politicians who aren't in it for the politics, and loathe the twits we're currently stuck with.
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