Garth Turner was the first politician in Canada, possibly the
world, to be dooced-fired for his web site. For his blunt online
honesty the Member of Parliament was, in turn, reviled, shunned,
humiliated and lauded as the future of politics.
This is the fascinating, unique and boldly-written first person
account of politics at the crossroads-democracy unleashed on the
Internet versus a cabal of operators and old-school, backroom
manipulators in Stephen Harper''s Ottawa whose task it was to
contain, control and mould public opinion. In the two years leading
up to the pivotal 2008 federal election, Turner was in a unique
position to witness and take part in the battle for the minds of
voters, first as a member of Harper''s caucus and then as an
observer of Stéphane Dion''s leadership as special advisor for the
In this, his first political book, Turner chronicles his
experiences in the rising tide of the blogosphere, its dangers and
the monumental clash he experienced with the political
At page 65 of Sheeple, the author makes reference to The Canadian
Press running a story about the Prime Minister receiving a standing
ovation in caucus after re-iterating that he would not allow the
Peace Tower flag to be flown at half-mast when combat deaths took
place in Afghanistan. The author never discusssed this or any other
issue with the Ottawa bureau chief.
The author`s comments were meant to reflect the fact that leaked
information from confidential sources within a caucus is not
verifiable in the sense that its truth cannot be definitely
ascertained, but Mr. Turner accepts the assertion by The Canadian
Press that this story and all Canadian Press stories that use
anonymous sources are double-sourced and cleared for publication by
a senior editor.
Mr. Turner has enormous respect for The Canadian Press and at no
time was intending to suggest that it acted improperly.