The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography by Greg SorbaraThe Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography by Greg Sorbara

The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography

byGreg Sorbara

Paperback | November 1, 2014

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2015 Speaker's Book Award - Shortlisted

Greg Sorbara presents a front-row seat to some of the most significant changes in Ontario politics.

Greg Sorbara has enjoyed one of the most successful careers of any Ontario politician, and in two different Liberal administrations. He was appointed minister of finance by Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2003, and served as campaign chair for the Liberals' three consecutive election victories - the first time that had happened in more than a century.



First elected in 1985, Sorbara was also in the cabinet of Premier David Peterson - the first Liberal leader elected in Ontario in forty-two years. Through his quarter-century of public life in the province, Sorbara had an enviable record of introducing new policies to help Ontarians, while having the guts to raise taxes to pay for those programs. A reinvigorated health-care system, the Ontario Child Benefit, and a subway to York University all have Sorbara's fingerprints on them.



In Greg Sorbara: The Battlefield of Ontario Politics, the author brings you into the back rooms of the Ontario Liberal Party as some of the most significant changes in Ontario's political history are made. He also gives readers an insider's view of his party's election strategies and dispels the myths surrounding the controversial gas plants cancellations.

Greg Sorbara served in two Liberal administrations and was Ontario's minister of finance from 2003 to 2007. He most recently represented the riding of Vaughan as a member of the legislative assembly of Ontario until his retirement in 2012. He is currently the chancellor of York University. He and his wife, Kate, live in Richmond Hill, ...
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Title:The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An AutobiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.54 inPublished:November 1, 2014Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read A back room look at Ontario politics recounted in a candid way.
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read. Greg Sorbara The Battlefield of Ontario Politics. The book 222 pages. Not very enlightening about his already chronicled political life except the Silver Spoon upbringing of the Italian Kennedy. I am glad he was at QP. His partisan spin does not change the wasteful Liberal issues that haunted McGinty and Wynne these recent elections. Similarly the issues that infected the Progressive Conservative party leaders repeated do not achieve any greater truth that the leaders screwed up. Kudos to him for acknowledging what the public looks for in a leader including the standard party organizations that contribute to political success. The specific trade-offs to get things done and limitations are standard play except for his personal details. His last chapter projecting the future issues is the best in the book. His concern of high government salaries at all levels, the rich poor divide, income inequality, unequal taxation exemplified by Diefenbaker?s Carter Commission on Taxation that decided a dollar is a dollar however received, deficits, senate reform, education with post-secondary student debt issue and the anachronistic financial support of the Catholic system among his concerns. I was part of the Davis cabinet that lead to the announcement of increased Catholic school funding but it had limitations not followed by Liberal government. John Tory if he had stayed around after his ill-fated all religious school funding would have been more successful to push for the one school system that should be the ballot issue on the next election.
Date published: 2014-11-12

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - 11
Preface - 13
Introduction - 15
1: From the Foot of Italy to the Steps of Queen's Park - 20
2: The Peterson Years - 31
3: The 1992 Leadership - 47
4: Back with a Vengeance - 63
5: Choosing Change: The 2003 Election - 75
6: A Finance Minister's Treasury - 89
7: Cleared! A Return to Cabinet - 109
8: Politics and the HST - 120
9: A Major Minority: The 2011 Election - 129
10: Departures - 153
11: The Truth About Gas Plants - 167
12: Premier Kathleen Wynne - 175
13: What's Ahead - 192
Appendix 1: Who Does the Real Work? - 200
Appendix 2: List of Staff Members - 209
Appendix 3: A Letter from My Father - 214
Index - 215

Editorial Reviews

[An] insightful book from one of modern Ontario's most influential figures. It provides deep insight and personal reflections on both the policy process and the real world of politics [and] from a man who has shaped the evolution of Ontario as much as anyone in the past three decades. - Matthew Mendelsohn, Director of the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto