How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot: The inside story behind the coalition by Brian ToppHow We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot: The inside story behind the coalition by Brian Topp

How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot: The inside story behind the coalition

byBrian Topp

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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In November 2008 the opposition came very close to replacing Stephen Harper with a new government. It was an astonishing few days for Canadian politics; opposition party leaders came together, announcing a formal coalition of the Liberals and the NDP, while the Bloc offered guaranteed support for the new government in the House of Commons.This came at a time of crisis. Many of the world's large financial institutions were tottering, leading to unprecedented government intervention in the U.S, the U.K. and elsewhere. Prime Minister Stephen Harper had attacked the opposition parties through a move to deny them public funding, along with other proposals which enraged them. There was no sign that he was ready to put aside his neo-conservative ideology to take action to address the worst recession in the past 50 years.Brian Topp lived through this period as the key negotiator for the NDP, and in this book he offer's a day-by-day insider's account of how the coalition was put together - and how it fell apart. Topp participated in many key meetings to get the coalition under way. His narrative is built around the words of the participants, front-line as well as backroom, as they work to establish a deal, and then try to hold on to it in the face of a withering attack from the Conservatives. Among the key players in this story are Stéphane Dion, Michael Ignatieff, Jack Layton and Dawn Black - and behind the scenes Ed Broadbent, Jean Chrétien, Roy Romanow and Allan Blakeney are active too.Ottawa insiders will learn much from this book about exactly who said and did what when from this book. More importantly, Canadians interested in federal politics will be able to get a fresh and revealing view of the way Ottawa actually works today.Coalition governments are very unusual in Canadian federal politics, but Brian Topp argues they offer a promising alternative to both hyper-centralized "majority" governments and to relatively unstable minority ones.
Born and raised in Montreal, Brian Topp studied history at McGill. While running a small typesetting business, he became active in the NDP in the 1988 federal campaign and went to Ottawa in 1989 as a staffer for NDP MP Phil Edmonston. He then worked for the Saskatchewan NDP as a senior staffer and saw a successful coalition agreement b...
Title:How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot: The inside story behind the coalitionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155277502X

ISBN - 13:9781552775028


Table of Contents


Foreword by the Honourable Roy Romanow


Part One: Prologue

Part Two: The Coalition Negotiations

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Saturday December 6, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
January 2009

Part Three: Postscript


Editorial Reviews

"A terrific read."