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The Friendly Dictatorship

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Is Canada a dictatorship – albeit a friendly dictatorship? In this thoughtful book, Jeffrey Simpson argues that the Liberal Party’s re-election to a third majority government must raise the question: Is Canada in danger of becoming a de facto one-party state, ruled by an all-powerful leader?

An effective parliamentary system presumes that at least one party is ready and cap
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 14th 2011 by McClelland & Stewart (first published September 18th 2001)
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Aṣwin Mannepalli
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Is Canada a great country? Well it certainly is a good one. After all, albinos aren't being stoned to death on Yonge Street and left handed people aren’t hiding out in barns trying to escape some wretched pogrom. To top it off, no deviant is leering into your bedroom keeping score on the margins of his dog eared copy of Leviticus. Frankly, it is a genuinely chill place to live.

Worry about institutional corrosion is neither new nor unique. But this book was written in 2001 and that itself makes
Dan  Ray
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Too much a product of its time. Though this book did raise the concern about how a multi-party system can cope with one prevailing paradigm. Mr Simpson's idea that only a coalition could topple the Liberal tyranny was to prove wrong, as we switched to a Conservative tyranny for many years after, and are only now out of it. Will we see another long run and be doomed to just watching the two big parties alternate, like our Southern Cousins?
Only time will tell.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
At the time, it pretty much stated the obvious, though in Jeffrey Simpson's extremely readable style. What's more terrifying -- looking back on it -- is how unrecognizable THAT late 90s Canada is from today's Stephen Harper-led gulag of blandness and passive-aggressive psycho-control. ...more
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straightforward primer to canadian democratic system
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